Nasir El-rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, says he will not pay for killings to stop in Southern Kaduna.
Mr El-rufai made the above remark while featuring in a programme on Channels Television yesterday.
Insecurity in the affected area has recently been a source of concern, hardly will a week pass without series of killings being reported.
He said those unleashing violent in that part of the state, whom he described as criminals, are demanding money to halt killing but he will not do so.
The governor said his administration is tracking the criminals and will soon get them to pay for their atrocities.
“I have no time for nonsense. I will not appease criminals. I will not appease idle people who have nothing to do but to raise a spectre of genocide. They do that to get money into their bank accounts and get donations from abroad instead of standing up,” the governor said.
“Anyone that is moderate, anyone that is promoting peaceful co-existence between various ethnic groups is considered a sell-out. And a governor like me, who does not appease them because they are used to being appeased, they cause troubles, they organise these killings and then, their leaders are invited by the governor, they wine and dine and they are given brown envelopes. That’s what they have been doing for 20 years.
“And we came into office and we said no more, nobody who does not encourage peaceful co-existence will have access to the governor or the Government House. I have no time for them. I am using the security agents to carefully mark them and when we accumulate enough evidence, we will get them and put them before a judge,” he added.
The governor had in 2016 narrated how he paid Fulani herdsmen to halt killings in the area.