By George Onmonya Daniel
Clashes early today in Kabala -West, Kaduna, left at least three people dead NEWISSUES have confirmed. Many more were injured. The Kaduna State government is trying to play it cool as Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Nasir El-Rufai quickly wrote on Facebook that everything is under control.
Witnesses said the clashes took place in the Kabala West Nariya and Umuazu communities, and almost degenerated into a religious crisis between Christians and Muslims.
“Kaduna is peaceful, am presently in the office, just a little misunderstanding somewhere. thumbs up to security agents for curbing it on time,” a radio broadcaster Ndua Barnabas told NEWISSUES.
“Kaduna is a very funny state, I live in this area and we all live together (as) Muslims and Christians, but easily a small fight between friends can escalate to become a religious fight,” one resident told PREMIUM TIMES.
He said before the morning attack, three bodies were found in the affected areas, and by 5 a.m., some gangs had gathered to attack residents of opposite faith. “Christian youth are attacking Muslims where they are more, and Muslims doing so in areas they are more,” he said. “Many travellers could not pass through the Eastern Bypass especially those going to Abuja and coming to pass through Kaduna to even airport.”
The source asked not to be named.
Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the situation was under control.
Kaduna is divided between Christians and Muslims since the Sharia crisis in early 2000 that snowballed into complicated relationship between the two group. Most times travelers passing through Kaduna are caught in the Mayhem, dragged down from their vehicles and lynched or burnt alive.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai tried to cortail such crisis by making laws to prosecute both Islamic clerics and pastors who are seen to be inciting the public.