BY VIICTOR BUORO, IN ABUJA – Adara Development Association (ADA), Kaduna State has expressed shocked that the government has become brazen enough or descended so low as to justify the genocide, terrorism, butchery and savagery of monumental proportions against its people on very flimsy and illogical grounds.
It stressed that shockingly, government seems to be becoming an accomplice to the destruction of the law abiding citizens they are pretending to govern.
The ADA noted that terrorist/jihadist war on Adara nation has continued ferociously in year 2020, saying that from January to May 22, 2020, the killings, maiming, burning, looting and kidnappings have continued unabated from village to village.
These were contained in a statement by the National President of the Adara Development Association, Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari, in which he further said that within the period, there have been 63 terrorists attacks and kidnapping incidents during which more than 107 people were killed, 49 persons injured, with over 66 men/women/girls abducted for ransom and more than 111houses completely burnt.
Maisamari said that in addition to the gruesome killings without any act of provocation, the terrorists destroyed 32 villages and displaced 20,000 persons especially in the last two weeks.
Maisamari noted that between Monday and Thursday this week, there have been daily attacks and destruction in the remote settlements of Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etissi, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki and Ungwan Masaba.
In the words of the ADA President; “Our brutalized, dehumanized, terrified and traumatized community members are reeling in pains, ever wondering why this contrived anarchy is still being condoned by the powers that be.
“We have since realized that the usual silence of government when most of these atrocities are being committed actually means consent. Consequently, several occupiers of high public offices have in unison spewed out rationalizations and justifications why mayhem is and must be visited on our timid people.
“A Hausa adage says if a person speaking is a fool that does not make the listeners to also become fools. Sadly, it is characteristic of Nigerian rulers to delude themselves that responsible Nigerians can be perpetually fooled to believe them, or at least forced to endlessly endure their charades. It is obvious to all that their pronouncements are tantamount to open endorsement and deliberate empowerment of terrorists.
“There are abundant facts to show that Fulani terrorists have for long been on the offensive in Adara land just as they have been nationwide. We have a detailed (though incomplete) chronicle of Fulani terrorist activities in Adara land.
“Our records show that from 2016 to date, more than 209 terrorist incidents and attacks have occurred. In these incidents, almost 722 lives were lost, 198 persons were injured, 231 persons were abducted or detained and millions of Naira was paid as ransom.
“There were also more than 817houses (in addition to about 38 whole villages) destroyed, unquantified properties were destroyed and 30,000 persons displaced to date,” Maisamari said.
He explained that the figures do not even include those from Adara communities in Niger state which are equally worrisome, adding that the loss of lives and properties nationwide from Fulani terrorist activities (including even among peace loving and law abiding Fulani herdsmen) is by far more staggering than this.
The ADA President noted that given the above horrendous crimes against humanity, people of conscience would expect friends, relations and sympathizers of the evil doers to bury their heads in shame.
He continued; “It is therefore unimaginable that these same persons are trying to outdo each other in justifying unthinkable evils visited on fellow men. If that is how the humanity of so called leaders has diminished, then we are truly doomed.
“It is revealing that a Fulani authored press statement accused Adara people of attacking Fulani people only from July, 2017. If the alleged attack is really the offense, why then did Fulani terrorists carry out more than 27 terrorists attacks, killed 41people, injured 25people, kidnapped several persons and displaced several villages in Adara land from 2016 to June, 2017 prior to any Adara attack? “This was when Adara Chiefdom was even officially celebrated by the present Kaduna State government as one of the most peaceful Chiefdoms in Kaduna State. Furthermore, the press statement alleges a total of five Adara attacks on Fulani people in 5years of continuous and merciless Fulani brutality on peaceful, innocent, helpless and frustrated Adara people.
“How can any sane person reasonably explain and or excuse the atrocities in 209 Fulani terrorist attacks on the basis of alleged five Adara attacks?” ADA asked.