The incessant political and religious killing in the state of Kaduna has taken a new turn, from herdsmen attacks to the attack of innocent individuals on the street.
Kaduna state is not new to the recent political and religious crises. In fact, it is one of the northern states with the highest numbers of political and religious unrest.
Kaduna is located in the northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The capital town is Kaduna. The state was the former headquarters of the Northern Region. It is endowed with mineral resources, such as clay, serpentine, asbestos, amethyst, and gold. The tourist attractions in the state include the Nok Culture Safe at Kuwi and the Maitsirga Water Falls in Kafanchan. Kaduna is popularly known as the Centre of Learning. In the 2006 Population and Housing Census, the state of Kaduna was determined to be made up of 3,090,438 males and 3,023,065 females, which is now projected to be over 10 million people altogether.
“Kaduna state was home to people from different religious and ethnic background, but since the beginning of the 1980s, it has witnessed 12 rounds of bloody violence that killed over 20,000 people and destroyed properties worth millions. Kaduna is now divided along religious lines, with the Muslims living on the northern part of the River Kaduna, while the Christians live in the southern part of the river. That was the statement of the state governor mallam Nasir El-rufai. Speaking further, El-Rufai accused some religious leaders of igniting violence for selfish reasons, adding that some had turned religion into a business.”
El-Rufai, therefore, urged religious leaders, particularly those under the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) and Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI), to deemphasize religious differences in their teachings in order to ensure religious harmony.
However, despite the attempts at peace, another crisis is going on now in Kafanchan, a city in Kaduna.