Following the Nigerian Army’s unintentional bombardment of Tudun Biri hamlet in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State Governor Senator Uba Sani declared that there was neither religious nor ethnic cleansing in the state.
Sani stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday.
The governor’s response comes five days have passed since the horrific tragedy that left over 85 people dead and numerous others injured. .
He said, “Let me make it clear (that) in Kaduna State, we don’t have any religious or ethnic differences.
“At the beginning, a lot of people particularly the religious and ethnic merchants, I’m not surprised if some of them decided to make this issue look like it’s a religious issue. As governor of Kaduna State, we are working together as a team in religious harmony.”
The governor stated that a delegation from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) visited the Kaduna State Government House to express sympathy to the state government and the Tudun Biri community in the Igabi Local Government Area for the regrettable event.
International and local watchdogs have denounced Sunday’s terrible incident and called for uniform reviews of procedural procedures as well as inquiries.
Quickly after the incident, the Nigerian Air Force denied any involvement in it.
The Nigerian Army had claimed responsibility for the accidental bombing.
General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), apologized to the community for the event and pledged to ensure that it didn’t happen again during his tour.
“My assessment of that unfortunate incident of Sunday, December 3, 2023, is that it is grave, regrettable. We will do everything possible to prevent such an occurrence from happening again in the conduct of our operations going forward.”
An extensive probe into the occurrence has been requested by the Federal and Kaduna State governments alike.
Months had passed since the January 24 incident, a deadly airstrike that killed over 85 people and critically injured several others in the community of Kwatiri, Nasarawa, before the Kaduna earthquake.