…Says, “FG, Kaduna state allegedly aiding killings.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Kaduna State has accused Federal and Kaduna State Governments of allegedly aiding the bloody attacks and killings in Southern Kaduna, which have turned to genocide.
According to CAN, the statement issued by the Presidency, through the spokesman of the President, Garba Shehu, is meant to twist facts about the heinous activities of the armed Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna, and to deceive Nigerians and the international community on the genocide.
The leadership of Kaduna CAN after its meeting today, Wednesday, issued a statement signed by its chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, condemning the Presidency and Kaduna State Government over their responses to the attacks and killings by the armed men, while asserting that “In the past weeks, there have been reports of killings, especially in the southern part of Kaduna state with the most recent massacres at Kukum Daji and Gora Gan put at 33 deaths, aside from the scores, who are in hospitals receiving treatment from various degrees of gunshots.”
According to Hayab, “Instead of the Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria stepping in to find a lasting solution, it is unfortunate that it has resorted to twisting the truths.
“One of the twists is the provocative claims credited to the Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to the President of Nigeria on the 21st July, 2020, that the problem in Southern Kaduna is ‘an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.’”
Hayab remarked thus: “As if the above misconception is not enough, Shehu Garba further misinforms Nigerians and the international community that Southern Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.”
The clergy added that, “Were it to be true that the southern part of Kaduna enjoys ‘security surveillance’ as claimed by Mallam Garba Shehu, where were the security personnel when people were attacked in Atyap and Chawai Chiefdoms during the state’s imposed curfew and the fresh attacks at Kukum Daji in Kagoro Chiefdom as well as at Gora Gan in Atyap Chiefdom?”
Rev. Hayab stressed that, “CAN Kaduna State Chapter as a body finds the statement by Shehu Garba unwarranted and views it as a misdirected attempt towards giving a dog a bad name to hang it.
“The position of CAN is that the killings of innocent lives, maiming and destruction of lives and property across the nation, particularly the fresh attacks in the southern part of Kaduna state, have reached an extraordinary height and are a matter of grave concern; hence, require that the FG takes a proactive approach instead of taking sides.
“CAN is worried that, instead of Federal and State Governments to do everything in their power to address this evil, she is busy twisting facts to achieve what only God knows, which will only make the situation worse.
“CAN believes that the government needs to apply the principle of justice for all in addressing this and other conflicts bedeviling our country. This principle will ensure that all citizens are treated equally. The government should not expect CAN to be silent, and watch more lives being wasted by some militia groups.
“Moreover, the government must not attempt to twist the facts to make a serious matter look like a drama. The government’s attitude simply assists criminals killing innocent citizens to be viewed as the victims.”
Hayab continued: “Aside from the degree of endless destruction of lives and property and government’s complicit response, CAN wishes to unequivocally assert that the government has not done enough to stop the never-ending attacks nor has it demonstrated guaranteeing steps to arrest the aggressors.
“Besides, the government’s posture, evidenced in Shehu Garba’s 21st July 2020 release, is an indictment on the government at all levels, considering that its fundamental duty is the protection of the lives and property of all citizenry and not only a section,” it stated.