Apparantly disturbed by the persistent killings in some parts of Southern Kaduna communities, a Member of the House of reperesentatives, Barr. Sunday Mashall Katung has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to declare total war on the killer herdsmen who have in the last couple of months continued with their unprovoked attacks on the agrarian and peace loving people of southern kaduna, in Kaduna State.
The Member asked the President to invoking the constitutional provision in Section 14(2)(b), which states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
Katung who represents Zangon Kataf/Jaba Federal constituency, also wants the Federal Government to establish a military formation in Jema’a local government with the aim of stoping the invasion of terrorists into “our helpless communities.”
Representative Katung in a statement warned that if the Federal government fails to act, the people will be left with no option than to resort to self- help which will further exacerbate an already inflamed situation.
“Southern Kaduna people will no longer tolerate this deliberate plans to annihilate its defenceless people with both the federal and State governments doing next to nothing.
“Enough of these killings. Our communities have concurrently been attacked aggressively claiming innocent lives mostly women and children, crops worth millions of naira have been destroyed by herdsmen and a number of houses have been burnt down. This scorched -earth policy must be brought to an end with immediate effect and we demand that all those found culpable be arraigned before the courts in the spirit of justice and equity. A situation where innocent citizens are attacked, maimed, killed and their properties taken over with security agents watching without genuine intervention gives cause for concern.
“Ultimately Surviving Victims are left to fend for themselves without any form of support from the Government. As it is, they lack basic necessities to ameliorate their suffering and many more are living under harrowing conditions arising from previous attacks”.
“What is worrisome here is that these killings have continued unabatedly for almost five months with no commitment from either the State or the Federal governments to stop these unwarranted and provocking attacks.
“The government should not take the patience of our people to mean cowardice. And the failure of the government to stop these killings will mean an endorsment of evil on the defenseless people,” he said.
Finally, both the state and Federal Govt ought to upgrade their intelligence gathering mechanism to forestall the occurrence of these incessant attacks.