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Governor El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel
Aruwan disclosed this in a statement following a meeting with
stakeholders held at the instance of the Governor.

According to the statement, the Governor’s intervention was purely on
security ground, affirming that the Kaduna State Government will not
tolerate the breakdown of law and order in the name of religion.

After hearing all the parties involved in the leadership tussle, the Governor said:
“I heard your submissions but our interest as a government is to ensure
security and contain threats to peace. We will not tolerate break down
of law and order, and we will not fold our arms and allow people to
resort to self help.

“I took the oath to be fair and just and to protect all citizens of
Kaduna State irrespective of their religions including those that don’t
believe in the existence of God.

“We will not interfere with your affairs but we will also not allow the
security of lives and properties to be compromised. As a responsible
government, we will act and nip in the bud all threats. This is our plea
to you: you should sheath your swords and resolve the tussle amicably
for peace and stability.”

Proposing a solution which was unanimously accepted all the parties, the Governor said:
“I will propose, that the Deputy Imam (Naibi) be allowed to continue
deputizing in acting capacity while the management committee, in
collaboration with the Emir of Zazzau, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Dr Ahmad
Gumi’s side and all the stakeholders set up a committee towards the
appointment of a substantive Imam.”

The committee will have two-week from first day of their sitting after inauguration the stakeholders to complete their task.

The meeting had in attendance, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Zazzau,
Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI)
Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Khalid, Dr. Ahmad Gumi, the management committee of
the Sultan Bello Mosque, the Kaduna State Attorney General and
Commissioner of Justice, Director of Kaduna State Command of the State
Security Service, representatives of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Nigerian
Air Force Training Command, Kaduna, Commissioner of Police Kaduna State
and other security agencies.

Source: Daily trust

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