The 70-man Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by late Gov. Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State in January 2012 on Friday failed to submit its report due to the inability of some members to sign it.
The Co-chairman of the committee, Rtd. AVM Ishaya Shekari, made the explanation while addressing newsmen after? meeting Gov. Ramalan Yero.
Shekari said the failure of some members to sign the final report was not due to a major disagreement but because they? did not receive the information in time.
“ We want to make sure that those that did not get chance to travel here today to sign the report should be given enough time to come and sign. We wanted to sign all the copies and there are many copies involved.
“ I am not aware of disagreement, these are speculations. Until we have the last day we cannot say somebody has refused to sign. We expect everybody to sign.
“ Not all members were able to get the message to come here (Government House) today.
And for that reason, it is not fair to present the report without letting everybody know that it was meant to be presented today.’’
On his part, the other? Co-chairman, Alhaji Abbas Sambo, said that not all the members of the committee had signed the report, adding that the reasons were best known to them.
“I have signed the report but some members have not signed, they said they are waiting for the members who are yet to sign.
“We have done our work but whoever refuses to sign does not want peace for the state and God would not forgive them.”
According to him, the committee has carried out? its mandate and has brought the report to the governor.
He said that for some to? refuse? to sign the report showed that such members did not participate fully in the committee.
“ Anybody that does not sign, he did not participate well enough as a committee member,’’ he said.
When contacted,? the Director-General of Media and Publicity to? the Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, declined to make comment on the reason for the failure of the committee to submit its report as scheduled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that late Gov. Patrick Yakowa inaugurated the committee in January 2012 .
Part of it terms of reference was to identify on issues that have fuelled the recurring ethnic-religious crises in the state and proffer solutions.
The committee is to continue with the process of pursuing full and genuine reconciliation in the state, irrespective of sectional, religious, ethnic or political affiliations.
It is also “to advise government on issues of peace and unity with the aim of achieving full reconciliation and communal harmony in the state.
“To advise government on any issue that will assist to give lasting peace and enhance the unity and development of the state’’,? late Yakowa added.
?Members of the committee include the Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji? Ibrahim Aminu,? the Wazirin Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jibril,? the CAN? chairman, Dr. Sam K. Kujiyet, Mr? Nuhu Bajoga (now state Deputy Governor),? Alhaji Sule Buba, Sen. Babale Maikarfi, Sen. Zego? Azeez? and? rtd. Maj-Gen. Zamani Lekwot.(NAN)