New Year Attack On Churches: Kwara Gov Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has assured the people of

the state of his readiness to deploy the law and public fund to

achieve peace, unity and progress in the state.

 

The governor made this commitment in Ilorin on Tuesday in separate

meetings with leaderships of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

and Quareeb Association.

 

He assured the religious bodies that he will ensure justice by

bringing perpetrators to book and averting future occurrence through

proactive measures.

 

“I stand before God and man to effectively deploy the

instrumentalities of the law and public fund to achieve peace, unity

and progress in the state.

 

“Anyone who participated directly or indirectly in public disorder

shall be brought to book,” he added.

 

Ahmed therefore urged religious bodies not to allow miscreants, who

for economic reasons, cause disaffections among various religious

adherents in the state.

 

“This state is a State of Harmony. And we must all collectively work

to sustain our cherished peaceful environment.

 

“Don’t play into the hands of mischief makers by labelling the

activities of miscreants on New Year eve as religious issue. The

benefit of unity is too high to allow it slip off our hands,” the Governor

said.

 

Responding, CAN chairman in the State, Prof Tunde Opoola, urged the

governor to ensure that justice is truly done as a way of assuring

that the Christian community in the state renew their confidence in

the state government.

 

A leader of the community, Mr Gambari Usman said the community was

alerted by a Muslim woman whose daughter was being raped in her

presence.

 

Gambari commended Christian community in the area for coming to the

rescue of the Muslim lady.

 

In his remark, Chairman Alfathiu Quarib, Malam Oniye Abdulrasak said

the association has had harmonious relationship with the Christian

community and dissociated the organisation from any attack on any

church.