The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, has highlighted measures the state government can use to resolve the lingering crisis in Southern Kaduna.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Bagobiri advised the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government to develop the political will to sanction perpetrators of violence in the state.
Bagobiri said, “Those who abuse the sanctity of innocent lives and abuse human rights must not be allowed to go scot-free,” he said.
“While one cannot rule out the positive side of dialogue, things such as these require proactive actions from the state government.
“I have been involved in initiating dialogues for over 20 years now involving national and international organisations on issues like this.
“The people you dialogue with are the elite that do not have any problems in relating with believers of other religions, they will be willing to sit with you and resolve the issues.
“But the extremists never believed in dialogue and they are the ones perpetrating the crimes, they are the real problems we have.
“I feel very strongly that what we need now is for the state government to address the human rights abuses and bring the perpetrators to book, instead of bringing people to a roundtable conference.”