Written by Laraba Murey

Anger over Southern Kaduna killings, CRA indicts Buhari, El-Rufaí

v style="margin-left:1px;">Following renewed violence in Southern Kaduna, anger has continued to grow with the Christian Rights Agenda, CRA, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari, and Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, of turning blind eye to the killings.

 

 

“It is on record that neither Buhari nor El-rufai has issued a statements commiserating or consoling with the victims of #SouthernKadunaGenocide,” the CRA said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

 

 

According to the pro-Christian group, “over 50 people have died in Kaura, Zangon-Kataf, Kauru and Kajuru local government areas of the North-western Nigerian state in the last one week. This situation is unacceptable.”

 

 

The CRA maintained that the federal government of Nigeria and Kaduna state government have questions to answer in the carnage and bloodbath that has become the lot of innocent and defenceless Christian peasant farmers of Southern-Kaduna that at every attack, the state and federal government, respectively, take turns to make excuses for the genocidal criminals.

 

 

Penultimate week, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, attributed the renewed killings in the Christian dominated southern to “revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.”

 

 

Garba Shehu’s statement read in part: “From available records, Southern Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace. But unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.”

 

 

CRA believes the federal government is not only complicit in the protracted violence that has claimed several lives but wonders what the federal government has done with the security information at its disposal in the last five years.

 

 

“Or is the presidency scared of saying the formidable security arrangement is in place to protect the Fulani militia while they kill innocent southern Kaduna?”

 

 

Statistical information at the disposal of CRA indicates that from 2018 to date, no fewer than 15,000 Christian children, women, old and young have been maimed and killed by armed groups alleged to be Fulani terrorists in Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba States while the Federal and State governments have been unable to protect them.

 

 

 

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