A pro-democracy and human rights group, under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.
In a statement by its convener, Deji Adeyanju, Concerned Nigerians decried the continued attacks, killings and maiming of Southern Kaduna residents by suspected herdsmen without intervention from the Federal and state governments.
He said: “We condemn, in strong terms, the mindless killing of the indigenous people in Southern Kaduna over the past few weeks. All lives matter, and we call on the Government of Nigeria and El-Rufai to wake up to their civic responsibility in addressing the killings of civilians and bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice.
“Enough of these senseless and mindless killings. The indigenous people of Southern Kaduna need a respite from all these killings and unrest in their villages.
“Every citizen in Nigeria has a right to be protected by the government, and the silence of the state and Federal governments concerning the killings going on in Southern Kaduna speak volumes…”
Religious leaders, under the aegis of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), have advised government at all levels to invest more in intelligence gathering and surveillance to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.
A statement by its Co-Chairmen – Alhaji Kunle Danni and Bishop Sunday Onuoha – said: “The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace observes that the violence in Southern Kaduna has resulted in such high-level insecurity that there is significant dislodgement of people, particularly in the hinterland communities into IDP camps and abodes of relatives in bigger communities.
“Coming during the farming season, the violence also threatens to unleash hunger on the people of the region and the state generally next year as the predominantly farming communities are restricted to cultivating only their backyard farms for fear of attacks in their far-off farmlands.
“Vulnerable populations, like women and the youth, are at high risks. Women and the youth both face the risks of death and loss of sources of livelihood. Women and the youth face the additional risks of rape and a break in educational pursuits respectively.”
Written by: Sdb Live News