Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has restated his position that the rotation of power between the north and the South would help guarantee political stability in the country.
El- Rufai who was on a Channels Television political programme, Politics Today, broadcast Sunday night said that although power rotation is unwritten, the conventional practice has helped to ensure harmony and the smooth transfer of power.
He denied ever saying that he would not support a northern presidential aspirant.
He said he had insisted that it was only honourable for northerners to support the election of a candidate from the South after President Muhammadu Buhari completes his tenure.
He acknowledged that the rotational principle has proved useful in the past, recalling that there was a time in this country when Nigerians came together after the death Chief MKO Abiola to say only Yorubas should contest the presidency.
The Kaduna State Governor denounced arguments that are being peddled over competence, stressing that there is no part of the nation which cannot boast of qualified persons.
El-Rufai envisaged that in the future arguments about competence would have a place, but he noted that the country was too fragile at this time to allow distractions that may arise from traveling that route.
On the Southern Kaduna crisis, El-Rufai said previous state governments had shied away from confronting the matter head long.
He said such governments, including the military were unable to issue a white paper after panels had made recommendations on how to deal with the problem.
He vowed that as State Governor, his primary concern was how the people of Zango Kartaf and their Fulani neighbours could live amicably.
The Governor dismissed claims that his administration had disarmed the Kartaf people in order to pave way for a Fulani attack.
He revealed that the government rather disarmed Fulani marauders who were usually in the habit of rustling cattle.
The Governor disclosed that he has done more projects in Southern Kaduna than any other leader before him.
Turning to claims of marginalization, El Rufai observed that about 62% of the state’s work force was populated by the Kartaf.
He wondered how they could turn around to claim that they are marginalized.
He regretted that impunity has created room for the spiraling violence in the area, saying the system has been unable to punish key actors who are responsible for the crisis which has taken a toll on precious human lives over the years.
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