Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has revealed that he has engaged the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on peace keeping efforts over the endless massacre going on in Southern Kaduna.
Vice President Osinbajo disclosed this while taking questions today at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference.
Speaking, he said:
“First, my heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone or has been a victim in Southern Kaduna. I am so sorry for everything you have experienced.
“Let me say that I have been involved in the resolution of issues in Southern Kaduna since 2001 through a Non-Governmental Organization and I think these issues have gone on far too long.
“First, we have improved security in Kaduna. We now have a military base, we have airforce surveillance, the combined military team from the army and the navy to take care of the volatile situation there.
“The President has also held security meetings and I have attended all of them where the issues have been discussed. Possibilities of engagement have also been looked at.
“I have similarly engaged with community leaders in Southern Kaduna.
“I have also engaged with the Governor (Nasir El-Rufai) to look at what peace keeping efforts are possible to deal with the perennial issues that have resulted in the disgraceful human conditions there.”
He assured additionally that those responsible for the mayhem must be apprehended and prosecuted so impunity doesn’t reign.
When asked to comment on the economic prospects of Nigeria, he said:
“Economics like politics is local. In comparison to other economies we have fared better.
“We however recognize that there is a severe decline.
“The Economic Sustainability Plan is our response to that and we will focus on local industry, local resources and local production.
“For the Agriculture, we have registered farmers using the GIS system, tied them to big agric businesses, provided some financing and Government will be final offtakers for their produce.
“This is to ensure that local production goes on.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve Nigeria and right now I am focused on doing just that. There are issues to be tackled and that has my undivided attention,” he concluded.