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Pastor decry marginalization of Southern Kaduna indigenes in ABU, KASU, Politics

…Laments wanton killings, denial of admissions to their children but gives 180 from Katsina, Zamfara, and Kano States.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Pastor Azzaman

A Christian leader of Southern Kaduna extraction and leading Pastor of The King Worship Chapel, Sabon Tasha Kaduna, Pastor David Ayuba Azzaman, has made startling revelations, alleging that Southern Kaduna indigenes are denied admission into their state-owned university and the federal university located in their state.

Popularly known as “Azzaman Azzaman,” the fearless Pastor also revealed that, aside denying them admission into Kaduna State University (KASU) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, their children are also being denied employment in those universities.

Pastor Azzaman disclosed these in an aggrieved elaborate statement he wrote, entitled: ‘OP-ED: Christians In Kaduna State, today; Education Our Jewel.’

He also lamented that with 250 JAMB scores, their children are not gaining admission to study medicine in ABU or KASU, while candidates with 180 scores from Katsina, Zamfara and Kano States were allowed to study medicine in same schools.

“They have taken away our education, what we love. ABU Zaria, KASU we are denied admission and employment. With 250 JAMB points, our children cannot read courses like Medicine in ABU and even the State University, while applicants with even 180 get admissions to read Medicine from States outside Kaduna – like Katsina, Zamfara and Kano. 

“Christians of Kaduna have the highest enrollment of school children in the entire North West. Our Children go as far as Delta State University looking for admission, because in our own state even foreigners have value more than us. 

“The persecution of Christians in Kaduna in the area of education is visible and glaring in the principal officers of Kaduna State University KASU, which is the highest citadel of learning in the state,” he noted.

He also lamented that “The visitor to the University is a Muslim, Chancellor a Muslim, Pro Chancellor a Muslim, Vice Chancellor a Muslim, Registrar a Muslim, Librarian a Muslim, Chief Security Officer – all Muslims….”

On farming, he said it’s their pride, their economy. The Southern Kaduna Man of God also stated that “Somebody told me in Kagarko LGA people are hungry, nothing from the farms. 

“Just yesterday, after the rains in Kaduna, I was discussing with my neighbour, a retired Police Officer, if he will farm this year, and he said, “Farm?” If you farm, you are farming for Fulani cows. They will drive their cows inside your farm and they will stand watching and bragging,” he stated.

In vernacular, it stated that, “Ku yi magana za mu sassare ku, mu yayanka ku” Defend yourself against them, the Government will send their DSS to fish you out. They will even tell you, “Mu muke da gwamnati, kuyi maganan banza, zamu yayanka ku” (Say anything, we will cut you into pieces. We own the government, say anything stupid and see, we will machete you and pieces you). “They say this while the cows eat our farm produce,” it added.

On civil service, he noted that, “Even when we were with Katsina State – the old Kaduna State – the Christians comprised a large chunk of the Civil Service. 

“Today, qualified Christian indigenes of Kaduna are not given appointments. If there is no qualified Muslim in Kaduna, they can go as far as Niger, Kogi or Ogun States to bring Muslims to fill the vacancies. 

“Only Teaching Jobs, with begging, are recommended for Christians, and they are often posted to areas infested by Fulani bandits. 

On Christian genocide, Azzaman recounted that Christians killed before, during and after elections started from December 2022, adding, “Dec. 2022: Gunmen killed 38; Mar. 2023: Gunmen killed 25; Apr. 2023: 10 students abducted; Apr. 2023: Gunmen killed 37 and Apr. 2023 Gunmen killed 29, respectively.

He quoted some national dailies’ reports on horrific stories of Southern Kaduna attacks and killings by gunmen since 2022, hitherto, including the Saturday latest night attacks and killings, but expressed regrets that no single arrest had been made.

“Despite all they do against Christians in the State, no single arrest by the government and the government hates to hear the word “defend yourselves.” 

On politics, he noted: “According to Wikipedia, Southern Kaduna – not the Southern Senatorial Zone – has a population of 5.1m people out of the 12m predicted for Kaduna State, in 2021.

“We are bigger than about 15 states in Nigeria; yet, politically we are at zero level due to the manipulation and wickedness of those that even, if they can cease the air we breathe, they can do it because of hatred.

“Politically, they have vowed to take everything, including the seat of the only Christian Senator in the Southern Senatorial Zone,” he stated.

He also lamented that the “Governor is a Muslim; Deputy Governor, Muslim; SSG, Muslim; Head of Service, Muslim; Chief of Staffs, Muslim; Speaker KSHA, Muslim; the 2 Ministers representing Kaduna are all Muslims. This is in a state with more than 5m Christians,” according to the statement.

On land-grabbing, he listed 31 displaced persons and their villages taken over in Kachia, 25 in Kajuru and one in Sanga LGAs as at 2020, so far, saying “When they kill the Christians they take over our lands.

“This lands grabbed by Fulani was as at August 2020. I don’t know the situation of the lands now, if the indigenous people have taken back their lands or the land grabbers are still occupying these lands today. 

“The Kaduna State Governor and President of Nigeria said we should forgive them. I don’t know whether including what they did and are still doing to Christians of Kaduna, which I doubt, because the killings and wickedness against Christians in Kaduna have increased more.

“Nasir El-Rufai – you have about 3 weeks to go. If what you did to Christians in Kaduna is good, may the God, who resides in the secret place in the 3rd Heavens where no man of iniquity can approach, judge you. 

“You claim to be educated but you lack single wisdom to bring Muslims and Christians of Kaduna together and govern us fairly and justly.

“Nigerians just know it’s not only Kaduna, it’s an agenda for the entire country.  Christian politicians – you braze up to this challenge of Islamization or you want to continue being ‘Useful Idiots,’ it stated.

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