The Adara people in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state said they remain ever determined to oppose and resist all forms of social injustice to the best of their abilities in solidarity with other truly noble men among mankind.
This is just as they said that they still live in fresh, vivid, painful memories of the tragic, unthinkable and forever unjustifiable chain of calamities that have befallen their innocent, peaceful and submissive citizens in the past months.
The people equally condemned in strong terms what they described as “the numerous acts of administrative injustice, imported criminality, multiple, organized and barbaric attacks and abductions of helpless” community members by Fulani terrorists and their collaborators.
National President of Adara Development Association (ADA), Mr Awemi Dio Maisaamari, who stated the position of the people in a press statement, therefore challenged the Federal and Kaduna state governments to show sincerity of purpose and impartiality in addressing the concerns of Adara community in particular and Nigerian citizens in general.
The Adara people also called on individuals and organizations of reputable standing to make their influence to bear on government to save Nigerians from obvious leadership failures.
The statement further said; “These evils resulted in the destruction of several Adara villages, the killing and maiming of hundreds of people and further impoverishment of the already marginalized and poor Adara community.
“We consider it most shocking that our helpless community could be subjected to these horrors when it was still reeling in the agony of the abduction and assassination of His Royal Highness Agom Adara, the scraping of Adara Chiefdom and the malicious imprisonment of her remaining community leaders.
“These heinous deeds mark the height of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. The community is therefore still in a state of alarm and apprehension regarding further eventualities.”
The Adara people noted that during the unsettling period, the community took and is still taking solace and consolation in the understanding, assurance, sympathy, support and solidarity of people of goodwill locally and internationally.
Maisamari also said; “We wish to most responsibly observe that the predicament of the Adara nation has not changed. The development challenges and other grievances that Adara nation have been enduring in silence for long are still there. New worries are being added by the day. The list of unanswered questions tormenting our people has also been increasing, and yet our misery is not even officially recognized as such by the political establishment of the day.
“That is also why the evasive attitudes of government to requests for dialogue or engagement with the community have also remained. We fear that this state of affairs is precarious. We have therefore gone ahead to formally remind the Governor of Kaduna State of our previous requests for audience with the hope that this time around, it will be granted.
“This is to demonstrate the eagerness of our people for amicable and permanent solutions to our community problems.
“Adara community is yet to come to terms with the contrived abduction and eventual assassination of HRH Agom Adara in very suspicious and humiliating circumstances. More so, as that action seems to have cleared the way for the release of a five month old secret government order scraping Adara Chiefdom, partitioning the community and subordination of the majority Christian population to the new Kajuru Emirate and Kachia Chiefdom as demanded by a Hausa/Fulani Muslim minority in Adara land.
“This has relegated Adara people from the second largest ethnic nationality with a 1st Class Chiefdom in Kaduna State to one with no recognition and no Chiefdom at all. For generations to come, our people will rightly, see these as acts of gross injustice and provocation.
“The community wishes to reaffirm its total and unambiguous opposition to this travesty and its commitment to continue to seek redress by legal and political means. We shall continue to appeal to government to open avenues for dialogue, confidence building with the community and peaceful resolution of the matter.
“Many rural communities in Adara land are still living in sorrow, fear and degrading conditions due to various acts of organized terrorism, destabilization and displacement of Adara natives. Fulani terrorists and their collaborators have been in the center of these crimes.
“Government remedial actions have not only been grossly inadequate but partial thereby necessitating self-reliance for community survival. Furthermore, government and its agencies have always been almost indifferent to Adara community and victims while appearing to be more sympathetic to our attackers and their collaborators.”