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El-Rufai laments: “I’m being wrongly accused of paying killers”

​Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said he is being wrongly accused by Nigerians despite taking steps to end the Southern Kaduna killings.

El-rufai made this known when he appeared on “Sunrise Daily” on Channels TV on Thursday morning.

He said his political opponents and the media twisted his mediation efforts in southern Kaduna crisis by accusing him of paying off the killers.

According to him, the killings had started since the time of governor Patrick Yakowa but nothing was done to curtail the killings.

He lamented the attacks he has had to endure since he announced he had compensated the  killers.

“Southern Kaduna communities were attacked under Yakowa and my predecessor but I am the one trying to solve it,” he said.

“I am being accused for paying to kill. I am the one doing everything to stop the killings and I am the one being attacked.

“What I did was compensate to stop the killings and one newspaper decided to twist it.

“Someone paid youths, and asked them to kill.”

He said those benefitting from the crisis have continued to sabotage the government’s effort at ensuring peace.

“In March 2016, the Kafanchan Peace Declaration was signed and in May, another crisis broke.”

He also alleged that  some were benefiting from the crisis.

“The conflict entrepreneurs who have been benefiting from conflicts decided they had to derail the peace process.”

He added that no one has been prosecuted since the crisis started.

He said, “Since the crisis started, no one ever got prosecuted.”

He noted that his government has identified three major steps to end the crisis,  and restore normalcy to Southern Kaduna.

“We are focusing on 3 major steps to end the crisis. The first is ensuring adequate security in Southern Kaduna.

“The second step is prosecuting those responsible for the crisis and the third is the Peace Building Process.

“We are working closely with the traditional rulers, but some of them are the problem.”

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