The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) National Youth Wing said for governor Nasir el-Rufai to imposed a curfew in three LGAs even on Christmas day shows that he is bias.
Peaceful demonstrators guided by security agents who were protesting against the unabated killings of Southern Kaduna villagers were stoned just by the emir of Jema’a palace junction which later resulted to violence.
Governor el-Rufai, on hearing about the unrest in Kafanchan town, rushed to Jema’a LGA secretariat for a security meeting. The LGA was under dust till down curfew. Hundreds of women came out en mass naked, protesting the killings in Southern Kaduna and the one carried out by soldiers a night before. The women insisted the governor must addressed them. It was the same day other angry women who were not happy with the way and manner the state government was managing the crisis, pelted the governor convoy, it was gathered.
Some of the demonstrators were shot by security men in the governor’s convoy. The governor later met with President Muhammadu Buhari under closed door. el-Rufai told State House Correspondents that he has gotten ‘unmerited’ support from Buhari to tackle the security challenges in Southern Kaduna including ‘dealing with people that violated the laws.’
el-Rufai said the curfew declared in the three LGAs of Jema’a, Kaura and Zangon Kataf were part of efforts to avoid security breach.
But reaction today over the curfew and the media chat granted by el-Rufai, SOKAPU said For the Governor to insist on enforcing curfew right in the midst of the celebration of Christmas simply showed his biased mind and acute insensitivity to the feelings of people of southern Kaduna.
In a statement signed by Nasiru Jagaba, SOKAPU Youth Coordinator, the group said the Governor avoided issues and harped on women that protested naked.
The group said this was because of el-Rufai’s failure to do the needful that resulted in that extreme resolve “by our mothers to protest naked.”
“e-Rufai insisted that he will continue to pay herdsmen who have been killing and terrorizing people in Southern Kaduna, but has he deemed it fit to pay a single person in Southern Kaduna who has been killed by his kinsmen?
” How can a governor of a sensitive state like Kaduna open his mouth to allege that the protest in Kafanchan was planned in a church? Where do the herdsmen sit and plan theirs – Government House? El-rufai claimed that men of Southern Kaduna cowardly sent their women to protest instead of them but the governor has also cowardly flooded Southern Kaduna with security to arrest curfew breakers instead of sending them to go and arrest the killers of our people,” the statement said.
SOKAPU said it was height of ‘cowardice’ for a governor to instigate the security men to arrest those who are trying to defend themselves rather than arresting those who have been killings them.
“Suddenly, Jema’a, Zangon Kataf and Kaura LGs have been flooded with security men, why were they not brought earlier to defend the people of southern Kaduna? Since emerging as the governor of Kaduna state, El-rufai just couldn’t hide his raw contempt for the people of Southern Kaduna. Because for the first time, less than 30 % of Commissioners of Kaduna State are from Southern Kaduna. Less than 5% of all the capital projects El-Rufai is executing are in Southern Kaduna. Well, this flagrant discrimination bears no surprise as same El-Rufai once said on national- Channels TV during the Kad-Invest program that Kaduna state has a 70/30 percent of Moslems-Christians ratio.”
“The Governor lied when he alleged that Southern Kaduna parents indoctrinate their children to hate Muslim rulers, but what he is currently doing and saying is worse than creating division in Kaduna state. He is deliberately fanning the embers of an ethno-religious crisis in Kaduna state. He has been the worst thing that has happened to Kaduna state in terms of statesmanship.”
“His insistence that the killings in Southern Kaduna were a reprisal is the worst of all lies ever uttered by a governor. There was no record of any foreign Fulani killed in 2011. Come to think of it, how did southern Kaduna become the meeting points of herdsmen from 14 different countries? The 24-hour curfew slammed on these three Local Governments isn’t anything but a punitive action. How did Zangon Kataf LG even get included? What did they do? Since the Governor said the 24-hour curfew was due to credible security report of the possibility of a further breakdown of order, why didn’t the security also get credible report of impending attacks on our villages all these while?
” The Governor is aggrieved, nay, very angry that our people are rising up to defend themselves against those who have been attacking them at night. Are our people to just lie down and be killed? Since the State Government has stood aside and watched the Fulanis kill, destroy and vandalize our people, having reneged on its constitutional duties of protecting and safeguarding the lives and properties of the Southern Kaduna people, what options are there than to rise up and defend themselves? No one in his/her right senses will sit by docilely while criminals kill him and his family. That will be tantamount to committing suicide.
No! So, Mr. Governor, since you have given “compensation” to your brothers the Southern Kaduna people will not sit down and allow themselves to be killed by your brothers. No amount of threats of arrest will stop our people from defending themselves against murderers and arsonists. If the Governor doesn’t want us to defend ourselves, then he should do the needful. Finally, we urge the teeming youth to remain calm, focused and law abiding citizens,” the statement added.
Source: Elanza News