By Teslim Olawore
Violence that erupted between Christian and Muslim youths in the northern state of Nigeria has left 55 people dead and several others injured. The sad occurrence has drawn condemnation from the country’s president.
Clashes between the two dominant bin Kaduna State on Saturday reportedly erupted following a disagreement between wheelbarrow pushers in the town of Kasuwan Magani, Kaduna state.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his statement said: “No culture and religion support the disregard for the sanctity of life. “Peaceful coexistence is necessary for the progress of any society and its well being.” Twenty-two people have been arrested following the unrest.
A twenty-four hour curfew imposed on the affected areas is set to be reviewed on Monday. A spokesman for state governor Nasir El-Rufai lamented that: “The governor said security agencies are taking necessary action to reassure our communities, restore calm and uphold law and order.”
The latest outbreak of fighting comes after at least seven people lost their lives in clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in Kasuwan Magani in the first quarter of this year.
The president’s spokeperson, Alhaji Garba Shehu said: “In commending the Kaduna State government for its rapid response to the crisis, the President appealed to community leaders to engage in regular dialogue to nip imminent crises in the bud, while admonishing the people to develop the spirit of tolerance and patience at all times.”