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Kaduna killings: CAN indicts Buhari, El-Rufai •Alleges ethnic and religious cleansing

By News Express on 25/11/2016

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over the killing of 102 villagers in Godogodo and Gidan Waya communities in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State by Fulani herdsmen, accusing both President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, of not having done enough to curtail the massacre.

CAN also said that 50,000 houses were burnt in 25 Christian communities, 102 killed and 215 injured in Kaduna State within six months by the herdsmen.

CAN President, Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, poured out his heart on Thursday while speaking at a press briefing in Abuja as he received representatives of the 25 villages displaced by the crisis rocking Southern Kaduna. He said the killings amounted to ethnic and religious cleansing.

The CAN President lamented that Christians in the affected communities have been facing the dangers of annihilation, extinction and genocide because of the threats of attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

“Many of them can no longer live in their communities; 32 people were recently given mass burial. Whoever is killed, whether Christian or Muslim, deserves not to be killed in this country,” he said.

Ayokunle wondered why El-Rufai, who is the chief security officer of Kaduna State, would visit the two communities only once despite the fact that many houses were burnt and three villages were taken over by the gun-wielding Fulani militants.

He said: “Is this not Boko Haram in another colour? I want to plead with the government, this is a moment of truth. It is not about politics, religion or ethnicity. It is about the value that is attached to life.

“To keep Nigeria as one is first the task of government before it becomes the task of the citizens. Ethnic and religious cleansing should stop henceforth. Every systematic killing should stop.

“We know the President is trying but that is not enough. You have to do more to save these innocent lives. We are appealing to the Federal Government and Governor El-Rufai, the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to do their work and let us see and not rhetoric. Killings in those communities have continued up till now. Let us not forget that an invitation to aggression depends on the degree of frustration.”

The Secretary of CAN, Godogodo Zone, Rev. Chawangon Nathan, said the problem started in May 26, 2016 had degenerated to uncontrollable crisis due to the nonchalant attitude of those in authority.

Nathan lamented that not less than 25 villages in Southern Kaduna have been brought down by the Fulani herdsmen, whom he said the media unfortunately describe as unknown gunmen.

He added that despite knowing the culprits, the security operatives refused to arrest them.

According to Nathan, “Over 102 people have so far been killed with about 215 sustained various degree of injuries. 50,000 houses burnt in 25 villages, over 10,000 displaced and over 30,000 hectares of land destroyed deliberately by Fulani herdsmen within six months. The governor visited only one village once and the impact of that visit is not felt up till today. There is religious sentiment among the security operatives.”

•Photo shows CAN President Ayokunle.

Source News Express

Posted 25/11/2016 12:50:13 PM

 

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