Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Governor El-Rufai orders arrest of attackers on a christain

Nasir El-Rufai, Executive Govonor of Kaduna State
– Governor El-Rufai has said he will not tolerate religious violence in the state

– He ordered the police to arrest some youths who stabbed a christian in a canteen

– The governor visited the victim in the hospital where he is receiving treatment

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack on one Francis Emmanuel in the Kakuri-Kaduna area of Kaduna state.

It was reported that the attack occoured on Tuesday, June 7 when the 41-year-old carpenter who is a Christian was stabbed by unknown youths for eating during the Ramadan fast.

Daily Post reports that Governor El-Rufai visited the victim where he was recuperating in the hospital and ordered the police in the state to fish out the perpetrators.

A statement from the special assistance to the governor on media and publicity, Samuel Aruwan noted that the government warned that it will not tolerate religious violence and criminality in the state.

The statement read: “The state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Wednesday led a team of senior government officials, including the Deputy Governor, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala, to visit Francis who is recuperating at the St. Gerald’s Hospital.

“The governor comforted the victim and promised that the government will not allow any criminal to hide under any religious guise or to use religion as justification for violating the right of any citizen.

“The government will not allow anyone to get away with any crime using his or her faith as an excuse. There is no compulsion in religion. It is a free country, and that means no imposition of faith or religious practices on anyone.

“We sympathize with our fellow citizen, Francis Emmanuel. We have assured him that we will not allow anybody to violate his right, or that of any other citizen. The Kaduna State Government is resolute in its stand that all criminals, including those who try to hide under Christianity or Islam, will be tackled and prosecuted.

“We have been given faith to live our lives in obedience to the Almighty, and to let that obedience manifest in our kindness to others, the honesty of our conduct and the consistency of our hard work. Care and compassion for others is one of the noblest ways of demonstrating love for God.”

This incident is happening a few days a similar attack occoured in Kano where a woman was murdered by a mob for alleged blasphemy.

Governor El-Rufai has reiterated his interest in curbing religious violence in Kaduna state although his proposed religious bill has garnered negative reaction especially from the christian community.


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