OCTOBER 2, 2014
Culled from Punch Nigeria written by Godwin ISENYO
A Coalition of Civil society groups from the Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State took to the street on Tuesday to protest what they described as the ‘continued killings’ of their people, accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of being insensitive to the plight of the people of the area.
They carried placards with such inscriptions as “enough is enough”, “the Nigerian state has failed the people of Southern Kaduna”, “4,000 people killed, we are not in a civil war”, and “it is genocide”.
They marched through from their office, located along Gwari avenue, Barnawa in the Southern part of the state.
Specifically, the group under the aegis of the Coalition of Southern Kaduna Civil Society Organisations noted that the president had turned deaf ears to the more than 4,000 people who had been killed over the years by terrorists in the area.
Governor Mukhtar Yero, through his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mallam Ahmed Mayaki said it was sad that some people from the Southern part of the state were politicising the killings in the area.
He added that it was most unfortunate also for group from the area to say that neither the president nor his principal was less concern over the plight of the Southern Kaduna people.
“Government is committed to seeing the end of the crisis in the Southern part of the state. Security should not be left in the hands of the government alone. The group saying government is not concerned about the plight of the people should also join hands with the government to end these attacks in the area,” he said.
The group claimed that when less than 100 foreigners died in the collapsed building at the Synagogue of All Nations, Lagos State, it drew the attention of the president who visited the Church promptly.
This, according to Miss Gloria Ballason, who spoke on behalf of the group, was an indication that President Jonathan never cared about the plights of the Southern Kaduna people.
She reminded the president and the state governor to note that power was transcient, adding that “no government lasts forever.”
She added that it was unfortunate that the president did not visit areas that had been under attacks for decades now, pointing out that the attitude of both the Federal and State Governments called for concern.
She said, “The silence is unacceptable. If we can have the President of Nigeria to show up at the Synagogue of All Nations because 86 people were said to have died. How much more a place of 4,000 people, including women and children who have been buried in a mass grave.”