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Southern Kaduna Killings: Afenifere, PANDEF, Ndigbo, M/Belt Forum Leaders Storm S/Kaduna, IDP camps

…Groups decry Nigeria’s security watch without arrests a “genocide motive.”

…Afenifere donates N2m.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organization, with their counterparts – the Pan Niger Delta Forum, the Ohaneze Ndigbo and Middle-Belt Forum leaders, on Saturday stormed Kaduna to condole with the victims of attacks and killings in southern Kaduna.

The group described as shameful that, the actions of Nigeria’s security could watch genocide and killing filed in southern Kaduna and could not arrest or bring any perpetrator to book, urging Mr President, army and police to do something to quickly arrest the situation.

The various forums, in company of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, also visited some internally-displaced persons, IDP, camps and presented some relief materials to the victims, mostly women and children.

The forums, represented by national chairman of PANDEF, Air Comdr Idengesit Nkanga (rtd), National President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief (Sir) Ben Churchill Aniekwena, the spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, and president of Middle-Belt Forum, respectively, restated the call for restructuring of the country.

Addressing IDPs, the forum leaders respectively stated that they were in the state IDP camps to condole and demonstrate their support to the victims and encourage them as their members, saying at the formation stage, the forum collectively agreed that an injury to one is an injury to all.

The forums lamented that victims’ houses were burnt; properties destroyed and are being disposed of their lands and taken over by Fulanis, and enjoined victims that action will not last forever and their lands will surely be reclaimed.

According to them, “It’s shameful and surprised that the Nigerian security could watch the genocide in killing filed against southern Kaduna and could not bring any of culprits to book.

Accordingly, the forums said it’s noted with dismay that, the people, who described the killings as “revenge,” know where the killers came from but are just rubbing it the faces of Nigerians.

“When we were being told that southern Kaduna killing was‘revenge,’ we began to ask: by who?; who are those people?; who spoke to them?; where are they coming from?; who did they complain to?

“The people, who are saying such things, know where the killers are coming from. They are just rubbing it in our face,” they said.

They continue that, “Today, southern Kaduna people are in IDP camps because their houses are being destroyed and burnt and their village occupied by Fulanis. That’s why we’ve been crying for restructuring in the country.

“If there were native police in your area, will they allow the killers to kill you? The answer is Capital No.”

The forums lamented that it was wrong to centralise everything in Abuja, stressing that the Nigerian Army, Police and other security operatives are not committed to the people but to be loyal to the government alone.

“El-Rufai,” they said, “warned that southern Kaduna should not best arms and embark on self-defense, but lamented that “the killers bear the arms and go about killing under ’24-hour curfew’ in place.”

According to them, “If government, saddled with the constitutional responsibility to provide security and welfare of the people failed to perform its duties, anarchy would take over, as people must defend themselves, because they have the right to live.”

Meanwhile, SOKAPU spokesman Mr Luka Binniyat, told journalists that, to their knowledge government (both at state and local) has not spent a kobo on the medical bills of the injured victims of the attacks in hospitals in Kafanchan and Kaduna metropolis, except themselves and other spirited individuals and organisations.

While speaking at the camp in Gonin Gora, president of SOKAPU, Hon. Jonathan Asake, sincerely thanked the forum leaderships, especially Edwin Clerk, on the gesture, for taking time and pains to come to Kaduna to see things for themselves, especially the onslaught and genocide going on, on their fellow Nigerians and what they are going through in Kaduna.

He also thanked the Afenifere representative for donating N2 million to the IDPs, and Yinka Odumakin for the struggle for emancipation of the human race in the country, and all the relief materials donated.

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