The Southern Kaduna People’s Union SOKAPU of Kaduna State have attributed the recent killings of their people to a statement made by the Presidency over the incessant killing in the area.
A statement from the presidency on Tuesday this week by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Garba Shehu, claimed that the killings in Southern Kaduna was as a result of revenge killing and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religions ground.
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union believe the statement embolden and gave their attackers the green light to sustain the killings of their people. They revealed that immediately after the statement from the presidency the assailants renewed the attacks on them without any intervention from the government.
In a telephone interview with the National Spokesperson of SOKAPU, Mr. Luka Binniyat, he said they have buried 40 people within 48hrs after that statement by the Presidency.
“As I speak to you now, the burial of 10 people who were killed just yesterday is ongoing in Zikpak, Jamma’a local government area.
Mr. Binniyat said the statement by the President shows that the Federal Government has washed off her hands from them, because since that statement was made by Garba Shehu, the killings is on the increase.
“As far as SOKAPU is concerned, that statement is very insensitive, callous and does not show any sympathy to us, that is the position of SOKAPU.
We are saying that we do not have criminal gangs from southern Kaduna who have constituted themselves into a killing group. Our youths are raised in a Christian discipline, our culture is that of tolerance, we have been living with all sets of people for centuries and we have never been a danger to them.
If he said that it is a clash of two gang groups, it means he has already identified the gangs and even differentiated them into two groups, and he claimed that they have deployed military might to the place, for God sake, if you have the intention of ending the killings, why don’t you destroy them” Mr. Binniyat asked.
He opined that what is happening in southern Kaduna is nothing like a clash or revenge but a clear invasion of peaceful, unarmed communities with the aim of taking over their ancestral lands. It is a clear definition of genocide by the Fulanis.
It would be recalled that the recent killings in Southern Kaduna after the statement forced the women to go out half naked in black attire to protest the continued killings which according to them has taken away their breadwinners, parents, sisters, brothers, husbands and children, lamenting that majority of them are now widows.
They equally cried out that their farmlands have also been taken over by their attackers who have denied them access for fear of being killed.
The protesting women called on relevant stakeholders, government, security agencies and the international community to come to their aid and save them from further killings, destruction of properties and taking over of their land.