REV. FR. PAUL JATAU PhD
Today, at the mention of Kaduna State in both the national and international fora, the first thing that comes to mind is the unabated genocide going on in Southern Kaduna and the “unguarded utterances” made by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of the state. It’s about lawlessness and the inability or refusal of the government to bring to a halt or prosecute the perpetrators; Sadly enough, those who killed Southern Kaduna people are rewarded with “huge” sum of money. The question, however, which tends to be missed by some is, has the government done something concretely to nip the killing of innocent lives? We are all aware of how a committee was set up to look into or curb the issue of cattle rustling in Birnin Gwari. What stopped the government from doing same in order to live up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties? Invariably, the message that is being communicated to us is that animals are more valuable than human beings created in God’s image and likeness. Quite sad!
Following the recent happenings, it beats my imagination that with the heavy presence of the security agents in Kafanchan town, the killing of innocent lives and burning of properties that took place in a village (Goska) not more than five kilometers from Kafanchan could not be averted. I’m tempted to asked: is the curfew meant to ‘cage’ some inhabitants so that the aggressors can feast on the blood of the innocent? The pad we received as a people from someone who claimed to be intelligent are statements like: “Southern Kaduna men are cowards. ..” However, I’m not surprise because he earlier made similar statements in the past thus:
(i) On 17th October 2015 Mr. El-rufa’i told dissidents and holders of opposing views in a town hall meeting in Kaduna to climb Kufena Mountain and fall.
(ii) On 30th March 2016 Mr. El-rufa’i called all PDP members in all the 23 Local Government Areas in the state viruses while swearing-in the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Local Councils.
(iii)On 4th June 2016 Mr. El-rufa’i said Sen. Shehu Sani, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts and Deputy Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the 8th Senate and kingpins of an APC faction in Kaduna State “APC AKIDA” are ants he will kill, crush and burn.
(iv) On 6th May 2016 Mr. El-rufai said over 800 people were killed in post 2011 elections crisis. And most of the killings took place in Southern Kaduna. That the press under reported the issue.
Are these statements supposed to come from a leader? Are they not loaded with grave implications?
I might not be amazed that the genocide which is ubiquitously there seems well planned and orchestrated, if not, why NOT made the security presence felt in all the villages and towns in the three local governments where the curfew was imposed? Mr governor, sir, I suspect you!
Another unfortunate thing is that, this ‘man’ is considered by his political collaborators, social compromisers and the saboteurs of SOUTHERN KADUNA (e.g. the so called “IKULU YOUTHS”) that came out publicly to dissociate themselves from some steps taken to curb the genocide in Southern Kaduna as a democrat – a joke of the year!
In fact, these so called “IKULU YOUTHS” only succeeded in exposing their naivety about their homeland. And I don’t really blame them for that because this is mostly one of the problems with some sons and daughters of Southern Kaduna living in Diaspora. I therefore wish them well in their stay abroad; but I will be glad if these per sons can spare their time to at least come home and address the youths that elected them for a day in Ikulu chiefdom to avoid misunderstanding and misgivings ( a litmus test of their genuineness).
From the aforementioned, I concur with Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu who once observed thus: “Our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places… that seek to keep the country divided pe rmanently so that they can remain in office. ..the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the country look big for nothing before international circles, those that have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian political calendar back by their words and deeds ( Radio broadcast – announcing Nigeria’s first military coup on Radio Nigeria, Kaduna on January 15, 1966).
In fact, I’m left with no option than to think that what Southern Kaduna experiencing is a continuation of a Jihad that has been launched in Nigeria since 1975, when General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown and the intelligence service (security) is used to promote Islamist ideology in the nation. More so, it is characteristic of authoritarian governments that in enforcing an ideology on a people, the security has often been used to subvert, coerce, and intimidate the citizens. History confirms that: Hitler introduced the Gestapo to promote the Nazi ideology, the Communists introduced KGB in Russia, and the Security Services of South Africa helped to entrench Apartheid.
At a time like this, let me ask: where are the Southern Kaduna elites we elected into political offices? Were not many of you elected? How comes that only the likes of Sen. Shettima, Mark Jacobs and some few others that speak? Let me console myself with the fact that you are not sitting on the fence but working underground; but as a layman, I feel it is good for your people to know how far you have done in trying to call on the attention of the government both national and international to come to the aid of your people who are killed daily in cold blood and their properties destroyed. Or should I presume that you are in the comfort of your homes in other cities outside the state not minding whether all are killed or not? What about the traditional leaders? Has your oath of office sealed your lips and rendered you incommunicado that you can even bring out document condemning the carnage in Southern Kaduna? If there is, please let us see and be convinced that you living up to your names, “ROYAL FATHERS”.
REMEMBER : For those who are quiet, should we regard your action as a form of “conspiracy” or a collaboration with evil? Is it when everyone in southern Kaduna is killed, property destroyed and land taken away before you would begin to talk? Posterity would ask you some fundamental questions for your silence and inaction.
Coming thus far, I wish to call on every responsible Southern Kaduna indigene to look up to God in whom we live, move and have our being. Let us equally take solace in the words of St. Paul in second Corinthians (4:8-11): We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but snot forsaken; tstruck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
As a FAMILY, let us cherish our togetherness. What seems to scatter us should UNITE US!
LONG LIVE SOUTHERN KADUNA!
May God bless and protect us!