PRESS RELEASE AT KAGORO TOWN HALL SOUTHERN KADUNA, KADUNA STATE. 18TH MARCH 2017 BY JIKA NATIONAL PRESIDENT CHIEF DR J.K BARRY (IYAN IRIGWE)
“JIKA and the State of the Nation: HALT THE DESTRUCTION OF NIGERIA”
Of recent, Nigeria as a country has been embroiled in several crises.
Ranging from the Niger-Delta militant activities, kidnapping that has been a recurrent decimal; the Boko Haram insurgency Particularly in the North- East amongst others, definitely, the country has a lot of challenges. Added to this challenges is the latest onslaught on the Southern Kaduna People.
It is disheartening that a sleepy and peaceful community would be main=med, killed and properties destroyed. It is indeed a sorry and gory sight that the once unifying factor in the entity call Nigeria is gradually eroding. The Northern region in particular, which played a vital role in keeping the country one against disintegration during the 1967 to 1970 civil war is now confronted with insecurity, threatening the corporate existence of the region and by extension the entire country.
JIKA expects that, with the demystification by efforts of the armed forces of Nigeria against Boko Haram in the North-East region, great advantages naturally are expected after the destruction and sabotage of economic activities in its region by the insurgent. But rather, another round of onslaught is dastardly playing out against the people of Southern Kaduna by alleged Fulani herdsmen and other states in the Middle Belt.
Despite the condemnation of these attacks from different quarters, the violence has continue unabated. The scenario has taken a multi-dimension-religion and ethnicity have visibly come into play. This certainly is capable of plunging the entire country into a religious bloodbath. We make bold to state that, JIKA frowns at the attributes these incessant attacks to reprisals.
This is not only mischievous, misleading and an insult too the intelligence of the people. Again, it serves as a license for the perpetrators of this violence to have a shield day and embark on a genocidal mission.
Therefore, from the aforementioned, JIKA has resolved that”
We demand the exposure of the terrorists being compensated by the Kaduna State to put a halt on the wanton killings.
We call on the Kaduna State government to implement the white paper on the peace reconciliation committee set up by the late Governor Patrick Yakowa and the recent General Martin Luther Agwe’s committee on peace.
We condemn the insensibility of the government in refusing to set-up an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) camp in Southern Kaduna to address the humanitarian problems in the area.
We call on the National assembly to create Development Infrastructural Commission to address the infrastructural damage occasioned by crises in Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states.
While we commend the Federal Government for agreeing to establish a military base in Zango Kataf Local Government Area and a mobile police Squadron, we condemn the conspiratorial role of certain individuals roles in the on-going onslaught in Kaduna and other part of Nigeria.
We commiserate with our brothers and sisters who lost their beloved ones in the ensuring crises.
We therefore, call on all our brothers and sisters to defend themselves within the ambit of the law.
At this juncture, JIKA wishes to remind the Northern region in particular that, the destiny of the North is in the hands of the Northerners. And as the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said, “violence never settles anything right apart from injuring your own soul, it injures the best cause, it lingers on long after the abject of hate has disappeared from the scene to plague the lives of those who have employed it against their foes”.
Hence, we must recognize and appreciate the factors that have knitted us together, instead of sacrificing them for the sake of short term monetary and evil benefits.
Again, it was the late Sir Ahmadu Bellow who said, “here in the Northern Nigeria, we have people of different races, tribes and religion who are united together to common history, common interest and common ideas. Those things that unite us are strongest than the things that divide us. I always remind people of our firmly rooted policy of religious tolerance. We have no intention of favoring one religion at the expense of another subject to the overriding need to preserve law and order. It is our determination that everyone should have absolute liberty to practice his belief according to the dictates of his conscience”. Sir Ahmadu Bello then, rightly said the obvious!
But what is happening today? Mayhem, anarchy and virtual genocide had become the lot of the region. In that case, we posit that, religious establishments (from both faiths) should endeavor to avail the people the opportunities to learn to know God, to appreciate God, to learn to appreciate humanity, to learn to promote humanity, promote intellectual growth, promote peace, love and dignity of the human race. The Southern Kaduna killings in particular and the rest all over the country must stop for the growth and development of the nation. That is our stand!
Address by the National President of JIKA – Chief Dr. James K. Barry (IYAN IRIGWE)