The Nigeria’s Ambassador for the Republic of Congo, Mrs Deborah LLIYA


Mrs Deborah Iliya, The Nigeria’s Ambassador the Republic of Congo, has called for peace in Kaduna state due to the series of attack after the kidnap and killing of a paramount ruler.

IIiya said she was joining the government and people of Kaduna State in extending heartfelt condolences to the family and people of Adara Chiefdom over the abduction and killing of the paramount traditional ruler, Dr Maiwada Galadima.

The Kaduna state born ambassador said that the state has had more than enough destruction on lives, properties and hate in different dimensions – ethnical, religious and political. She is sad that the communal violence that occurred in Kasuwan Magani as well as other parts of the state claimed the lives of many residents.

“The abduction of the paramount traditional rule of Adara Chiefdom, Dr. Maiwada Galadima has no religious or ideological justification.

“The hasty and frequent recourse to bloodshed over disputes that could have been appeased peacefully without the loss of lives and property has become a common trend and is disheartening at the very least – my heart bleeds.

“In this day and age and at the level of dialogue that is possible between the differing communities – killings and attacks on innocent people, destruction of homes, markets and places of worship is totally unacceptable. Enough of this madness.

“This, Mr President has since demonstrated by equipping the various security institutions of our security agencies, so that they would always act more efficiently.

“His concerns speak in the event of the spirited and swift response of the State Gov. Mallam Nasir El’Rufai and the armed forces, the police for ensuring that peace, law and order were restored to the state.’’

She said that the summon of an emergency meeting of the Heads of the Security Agencies in Kaduna State and the state Council of Chiefs to discuss way forward on the issues at hand, was commendable.

According to her, there can never be any ideological justification for crimes against groups of innocent human beings, and it is one of the cardinal duties of all Muslims and Christians to condemn such outrages wherever and by whomever they are committed.

“If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion.

“Hatred paralyses, confuses and darkens life. We must choose to stick with love because “hate” is too much of a burden to bear.

“As a Woman, who believes that life is always sacrosanct and who seeks peace at all times, I plead to those on social media platforms to stop the hate and fake speech communications that misguide, promote violence, put suspicion and fear among the people of Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and the country in general.

“It is our collective responsibility to synergise with good leaders in the effort to fixing our dream Nigeria. As a representative of the people, I call upon our youths to shun violence.

“Do not offer to waste your lives to violence -rather, activate your entrepreneurial spirit, actively participate in the political process of Kaduna State and Nigeria – using democratic and nonviolent means and your future is assured. Know however, that no amount of money on earth is worth your life – so do not waste it to violence.’’

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