SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Again, Let There Be State of Emergency In Southern Kaduna
Once more, we woke up today (Friday, 20th September, 2013) with the sad news of another ethno-religious skirmish on Thursday in Kafanchan, Kaduna State between indigenous people of Southern Kaduna and Hausa-Fulani settlers. Report reaching us shows that lives have been lost. Before yesterday night’s anarchy, early signs of coming anarchy were clear but nothing was done to forestall it. Albeit yesterday’s killings and 24 hours curfew imposed in the town.
Yesterday’s Kafanchan mayhem along with others, are justifying our earlier call for a declaration of a state of emergency in Southern Kaduna area of the State. Because there are evidences of gross incompetence in administrative and physical management of security in the area. It is now clear; no security arrangement other than total declaration of State of Emergency can nip in the bud this anomie.
We have said it before and reiterating it now that there is a genocide scheme in Southern Kaduna going by the persistent killings with impunity. This was how Rwanda and Yugoslavia genocides started. We hope the world will not continue to look the other way in the face of this entire growing phenomenon.
Consequently, we beseech Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to act by adding troubled Southern Kaduna region on the list of states under emergency rule. Mr. President should wear deaf ears on any counsel against a full declaration of a state of emergency in the area. Like Federal Government acted in nearby Nasarawa State, we are demanding fast deployment of troops or at best special military squad to contain the brewing insecurity in the whole Southern Kaduna region that shares borders with Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, and Bauchi States, and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
We are also demanding hourly aerial patrol on thick forests in the area, said to be the globally known International Cattle and Grazing routes in view of its unpolice nature and possible safe haven for bandits and terrorists.
We will not hesitate to hold security agencies, Federal Government, and Kaduna State government responsible should the situation become worst far from the ugly trend we are in.
A stitch in time saves nine.
John Danfulani, Ph.D.
Spokesperson, Center for Development and Rights Advocacy (CEDRA) Kaduna