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By now, you’ve probably heard about the incessant attacks and killings in Southern Kaduna, probably not the details like me. Since I didn’t know the details and wasn’t satisfied with what I had heard, I decided to hear from someone living in it, a witness. Going forward, you will be reading the report of Shedrack Bulus an indigene of the state who is currently living in the crisis and is duly acknowledged as the co-author of this post.
Quite disheartening, insecurity which is a feature of the hobbesian state of nature – when life was said to be solitary, shabby, barbaric and the weak & the common man lived at the mercy of the strong – appears to be the present situation in Southern Kaduna.
Southern Kaduna at this timely and pivotal period is witnessing yet another unprecedented plaque of pervasive insecurity which is leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties. Yet;
Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides that ‘it is hereby, accordingly declared that … the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’.
On 10th July, Fulani herdsmen attacked the Chibob village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area and killed nine people, six injured, 19 houses burnt and several people severely wounded. On 11th July, a nearby village in the same area was attacked by the assailants who killed 14 people and many others wounded.
Tragically, on 20th July at about 10:45 PM, there was an attacked during a party in Kukum Daji community of Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Area in which 17 people were confirmed dead. This is different from the 11 people killed in Gora Gan of Zangon Kataf on 21st July, the three people killed Fari in Kauru Local Government, the family of five that were killed on 22nd July in Kizachi of the same area and finally, the ten people that were killed in Zikpak on 24 July in Jema’a Local Government Area. To crown it all, on August 6, not fewer than 22 people were killed in Zangon Kataf Local Government of the state.
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has said that the incessant killings in the Southern part of the state, was caused by “cycle of attacks, revenge and reprisals” and as such, he did not send security personnel’s to tackle the issue. Funny to say, the little Police men who are misfortune to work in these areas are equipped with working tools which can not even scare a fowl.
Their performance has been dissatisfactory and whenever the gunmen struck, they were not on the ground. As Prof. Chinua Achebe, a writer of blessed memory said;
“Nigeria is on the brink of a precipice which we urgently have to face up to our responsibilities before it is too late”.
In this regard, Southern Kaduna should substitute “Nigeria” in the above quote. The assassination, murder, communal attacks, armed banditry, killings and abductions going on there is a major challenge that we as Nigerians need to face, since the government are not helping matters.
The Southern Kaduna man is now in endless struggling for his mother land, internally displaced, in actual or acclaimed possession of the Fulani pastoralists.
A liberal group comprising of Christian folks….. the Lord’s army in the proverbial Lion’s den against islamic extremism and jihadist umar. This behavior has produced a vicious circle in the lives of young children in the southern part of the state to either ‘pick a gun’ or ‘watch as they are slaughtered like chickens’. Terrible
The Federal Government and international leaders must not only condemn these atrocities but take prompt action to prevent them from happening in the future and to ensure the safety of frontline workers.
We therefore call on International Organizations, NGO’s and other humanitarian groups to help in stopping the wanton and indiscriminate killings in virtually all nooks and crannies of the state. It is easy to kill and everyone can do it, but the real man is the one who can save people’s lives.
About the author
Shedrack Bulus is an avid literary and intellectual writer with an unparalleled and peerless enthusiasm in speaking for the people of Southern Kaduna. He is Kagoro by tribe and from Kaura Local Government. Presently, he is a 200l Law student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Follow him on Facebook @ SHEDRACK BULUS
It’s simply appalling. More so, that little has being done to address these killings, the people have cried out, there has been series of protests and yet little or no effort has been made to remedy these security issues. There’s really nothing as disheartening as sleeping with an eye open because you could be dead the next minute. In my opinion, the government has failed in carrying out it’s duty to protect the lives and properties of citizens. Sad. Sad.
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