The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has called for the immediate resignation of the state governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i over his inability to end the crisis in the region.
SOKAPU said in a press conference in Abuja this has become necessary if the governor cannot protect the lives and properties of the citizens particularly in Southern Kaduna.
The group also demanded the immediate arrest of Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) members that openly confessed to taking part in Southern Kaduna killings.
Nigerian Tribune reports that SOKAPU president Solomon Musa also made a number of other demands which he said must be met immediately.
“Failure to initiate a sincere process of addressing these demands will leave us with no option than to march to the National Assembly in two weeks’ time to register our displeasure with the way the security and welfare of our people are being handled,” Musa said.
He added: “The Kaduna State Governor should resign immediately if he cannot uphold his first and most important responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens, especially in Southern Kaduna.
“The immediate arrest and prosecution of members of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) who have openly confessed to participating in ‘reprisal’ killings.”
“The investigation of Governor Nasir el-rufai; who has openly owned up to paying foreign terrorists carrying out the attacks in Southern Kaduna.
“The reopening of the Kafanchan Campus of the Kaduna state university that was closed since 19th of December, 2016 so that students in this institution are afforded the same opportunity accorded their counterparts in other Campuses.”
He said: “Various sleeping peaceful communities have, without provocation and, or any previous conflict with the Fulanis, been surrounded, homes set on fire and occupants either killed by gunfire or butchered with the swords.
“In such killing-spree all lives, especially the vulnerable (women, children and the aged) have always been the major victims as the marauders only spared those who could outrun them. Farmlands and harvested crops either stored at home or in the farmlands are equally destroyed.
“Thereafter, the marauders, with their Cattle settle on the sacked villages and prevent any returning survivors from either returning to their homes or the farmlands. Up to 61 different communities have been attacked, some repeatedly with huge human casualty figures and millions of Naira in loses.”
Also, a statement issued by SOKAPU National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yakubu Kuzamani in Kaduna noted that one of the constitutional duties of a governor was to protect lives and property but el Rufa’i had woefully failed to live up to that standard.
The group said it was sad to recall that during the campaigns for the 2015 elections, el-Rufa’i drew huge political capital from the attacks on Southern Kaduna communities that occurred before 2015, wherein he promised a “formidable security architecture in which no person that kills a Kaduna indigene would go unpunished.”
The group added, “It is astonishing that since he was sworn in the attacks on our communities have grown in scale, magnitude and style. The attackers have rather become bold and more aggressive as they sometimes attack in the daytime and in the full glare of security personnel.”
SOKAPU also noted that the excuses given by the state government had been nonsensical, as it portrayed a deliberate connivance with the attackers.
It added, “As we speak to you today, the attackers that have often surrounded villages in large numbers have always peacefully withdrawn from the burning villages without any casualty and no arrests but the army, the police and recently the air force have after the attacks, returned to the villages to arrest and detain anyone that was seen or alleged to have attempted to ward off the attacks.”
Meanwhile, the governor has finally lifted the curfew imposed on two Local Government areas in the crisis-ridden Southern part of the State.