Shi’ites/Soldiers Clash: El-Rufa’i Visits Zaria, Appeals For Calm

Nasir El-RufaiGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has visited the city of Zaria, where a clash between soldiers and members of the Shi’ites sect left several people dead.

The spokesman of the governor, Samuel Aruwan, also said El-Rufai appealed for calm and spoke with the leader of the Shi’ite sect, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky on phone.

Mr. Aruwan also said the governor met with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, over the incident.

“Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has appealed for calm and peace”, Mr. Aruwan said.

“The governor has spoken on phone with Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky and later proceeded to Zaria to see things for himself.

“He later met with Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Butatai in Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria, immediately after the passing-out parade ceremony.

“The situation is calm and security has been beefed up in Zaria”, Mr. Aruwan said.