A Civil Rights Advocacy group on the aegis of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar Muhammadu, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and retired military Generals to speak out in condemnation of the Federal and Kaduna State governments for permitting the ongoing genocide in the Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by armed Fulani herdsmen and mercenaries.
HURIWA specifically condemned the Kaduna state Government for imposing a curfew in the Southern Kaduna State affected by the attacks but deliberately failed to stop the armed Fulani herdsmen from successfully waging war on the unarmed civilians in their sleeps.
The human writers organisation in a statement by its National coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, noted while the killings are taking place, the soldiers and police deployed to the area stand by and do nothing to stop the attacks nor arrest the armed Fulani herdsmen.
HURIWA then asked; “Why declare a dubious curfew to cage the victims from protecting their homes and saving their lives but their killers are never restrained by these fake curfews?”
The Human rights organisation observed that the silence of notable leaders in the country over the pogrom in Southern Kaduna has become so intolerably loud and callous, stressing that it is shameful that while Christian faithful are being slaughtered like goats, Nigeria leaders are going about their normal life as if the lives those being decimated do not matter.
HURIWA further said; “Southern Kaduna people are being killed by armed Fulani herdsmen, yet the body of the hierarchies of the organised religions in Nigeria including the Muslims made up of over 65 million Nigerians led by the Sultan of Sokoto; the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria made of over 45 million Nigerian Catholics, the Pentecostal Fellowships of Nigeria made up of over 35 million and the official leadership of Christian denominations in Nigeria- the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are going about their life as if those being decimated by persons clearly licenced by the authorities to kill at will go about their killings, maiming and destroying lives and property”.
The Rights group said the leadership of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague, Netherlands headed by a Nigeria has become so polluted and morally compromised so much so that the President of ICC Chile Eboe-Osuji has become a frequent visitor to the Presidential mansion in Abuja to see its current occupant- President Muhammadu Buhari.
It said that ICJ has failed to act on the numerous petitions sent to the International Criminal court in The Hague Netherlands by dozens of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Nigeria including HURIWA, saying; “Is the ICC so blind and weak ethically to have a President who visits a President in Nigeria accused by multiple sources of being guilty of crimes against humanity by not taking any actions to stop the mass killings of the citizens and punish the offenders? This is ridiculous!”
The group said it has become imperative to ask the President of the United States of America Mr. Donald Trump and other World leaders including the Holy See led by Pope Francis to quickly step in to stop the constant decimation of Nigerian by armed Fulani herdsmen and terrorists who are not in any way being stopped from carrying out these acts of infamy and terrorism against the largely Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by the Nigerian Government led by a Fulani President and the Kaduna State Governor who is also a Fulani.
In the words of HURIWA: “These killings have gone on for far too long, and we have continue to appeal to the consciences of the good people of Nigeria to stand up and demonstrate against the unwillingness of the current Federal Government to intervene and arrest, prosecute and punish these mass murderers who are clearly operating like persons thoroughly authorised to go about these meticulous activities of mass decapitation and slaughter of citizens of Nigeria who live in Southern Kaduna.
It noted that the Fulani herdsmen are desperate to deprive the people of Southern Kaduna of the fundamental rights to own immovable property and their fundamental human right to life as enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the plethora of International treaties and global laws including the Universal Declarations of Human Rights.