Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from National Civil Society Consultative Forum on Peace and Security (NSRP) has made an appeal to the federal government to as a matter of urgency stop the pogrom in Southern Kaduna and elsewhere in the country.
The group hinted that, as a matter of urgency, the Nigerian state must act to stop the pogrom in Southern Kaduna and elsewhere in Nigeria. It made the appeal in Abuja at a media parley towards curbing profiteers, political jobbers and queer puritans in Southern Kaduna crisis.
According to Jaye Gaskia, who spoke on behalf of CISLAC and NSPR, “We wish to commend the initiatives of the various governments and agencies to bring about lasting peace to this troubled part of the country. We call on all security decision making body to further strengthen the ongoing security apparatus in Southern Kaduna as a measure of reducing the spare of insecurity in that part of the state.
“We state categorically that, the governor and other institution of state should as a matter of urgency configure a platform where early warning and early response information can be domiciled, processed, analyzed and transmitted into intelligence and promptly acted upon.
Gaskia noted that, like most knowledgeable adults in Nigeria are well aware that Kaduna State has its ethno-religious diversity and peculiarities. But, these peculiarities he explained, ought to be harnessed as strength have over the years been the State’s albatross.
He said, “Interestingly, however, the latest round of crisis in Southern parts of Kaduna State has very little to do with religion or even ethnicity. The crisis, as we have since learnt, was ignited by acts of banditry and criminality that were either not nipped in the bud or poorly managed by community, local leaders and the state.”
He stressed that Nigerians’ collective humanity continues to be debased as is exemplified by the Killings in Southern Kaduna. “The country’s leadership, therefore, needs to reverse this trend by creating a society in which everyone can find a pavilion.
He revealed that Nigeria needs to organize itself into a truly federal structure to harness the diversity for the well-being of all Nigerians which cannot be overemphasized. Adding that, all the people of Nigeria must find accommodation in a truly federal Nigeria. Stating that, for now, it was bad enough that there was a growing perception that the state is offering protection to the herdsmen while they perpetuate their attrocities across the country.
“We are calling on Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the leadership of SOKAPU to return to the dialogue table and commit to find durable solution to the semblance of peace currently enjoyed in the state. Government and other security agencies must demonstrate deliberate will power to protect lives and properties of citizens in the region irrespective of their ethnic, political and/or religious inclination.
“That the state as a matter of priority should urgently ensure the effective prosecution of those suspected of complicity in the crisis that has brought wanton loss of lives and properties. The government must take strong measures to prevent politicization of the crisis with respect to the ongoing narratives in Southern Kaduna.”