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MBF, Afenifere, others, pay solidarity visit to SOKAPU


Leaders of four sociocultural groups, the Middle Belt Forum(MBF) Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum, on Saturday paid a solidarity visit to the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) over the mass killings in the southern part of Kaduna state.
SOKAPU is the umbrella body for the mainly christian ethnic nationalities in the Southern part of the state.
The northern part of Kaduna state is dominated by the Hausa fulani muslims who also dominate the political scene in Kaduna state.
The socio cultural groups also donated food items worth N2 million for destribution to the seven IDP camps located in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing victims at one of the IDP camps in Gonin Gora, Kaduna, spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumaki, who represented the Afenifere, the yoruba sociocultural group, said it was shameful that the Nigerian security forces have failed to bring those unleashing terror in southern Kaduna to justice.
He said the attacks in southern Kaduna were attacks on the four sociocultural groups, hence the decision to pay the visit.
“We are so sad to visit you in this condition. We are not here to bring you relief. There is no relief we can bring at this time to the families who have loss their loved ones in these gruesome attacks, this genocide, in the hands of enemies that we know.
”If we say we don’t know these enemies, we are deceiving ourselves. We in the south west, south -south, south east, middle belt have agreed that that whatever affects one affects all.
“So the attack on Southern Kaduna people is an attack against all of us. That is why we are here this afternoon to commissirate with you” Odumaki said.
He added that “Shamefully the Nigerian security forces, seems to be supervisors in the killing field. They watch as agents of genocide kill our people without being able to bring them to justice.“
He said it was unfortunate that government attributed the genocidal massacres to revenge or reprisals by some people.
”If is is revenge, who are these people? Who spoke with them? Who did they complain to? They (government ) know where the attacks are coming from and they are just robing it on our faces. “But we are praying today that God Almighty should bring justice to the land. The people who are killed, should not be killed in vain. The land is crying for justice” Odumaki said.
Also speaking, President of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, said the four sociocultural groups had been crying for the restructuring of the country, maintaining that if there were native policemen, in the affected communities, the people would have been protected from the killers.
Pogu alleged that the security personnel are under the control of the federal government and have no commitment to the people.
“We have been crying for restructuring in this country, if there were native policemen in your area, will they leave these people to kill you? No!
”We have everything centred in the federal government. The police is federal government, the military is federal government, everything is federal government, so they come, they have no commitment to you.
”That is why we are crying for the restructuring of this country so that we can be defended by our people. El-Rufai said you shouldn’t go on self defence, yet these killers move around under the 24 hour curfew he imposed on you. They come in the night and kill you.
“Have government ever gone after them? The answer is no!
El-Rufai said it is revenge killings. Revenge killing against who? Have they gone to challenge them in their camp? No!
“They come to your villages in the dead of the night and kill, burn and destroy just like a thief comes to steal, kill and destroy” Pogu said.
He said, “When government fails in its responsibility to live up to its primary responsibility as provided in the constitution, that is security and welfare of the people, anarchy sets in”.
He maintained that in the absent of security, people resort to self defence, which according to him, is constitutional.
He symphathised with the victims over their losses and urged them to be strong and not i be discouraged.
“Let’s not be dismayed because these people are not better than us. The only thing they have is that they are protected by powers and they have arms which we don’t have.
”But God is always with the oppressed, God will not leave you alone. God will not abandon you. Just like God is bringing people to come and assist in alleviating your sufferings, He will also provide the defensive mechanism to keep you on your soil,” Pogu said.
Apart from the Middle Belt leader, leaders of other groups were represented.
President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Hon. Jonathan Asake, in his remarks, thanked the groups for identifying with the Southern Kaduna people.
He said victims of the attacks were at seven IDP cams in Gonin Gora, Chikun LGA.
He said other IDP camps are located in Kajuru and Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state.
Asake added that there are serious humanitarian crisis in southern Kaduna and call for help, adding that the people had been subjected to serious hardship.
He call on groups and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the people.


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