BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – A Non-Governmental Organisation on the aegis of United Igbo Journalists Forum, on Sunday called on the Federal and Kaduna State governments to as a matter of urgency stop the ongoing massacre of Southern Kaduna citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The group noted that the unwanted and unfortunate killings portrays Nigeria in bad light before the rest of the world.
The group said it is pained by the wanton destruction of lives and property in parts of the country describing it as one killing too many.
It also wondered why the “Boko Haram insurgency seems to have defied all Nigeria’s security efforts in the North East where its activities often leave behind sorrow, tears and blood.”
The group in a statement in Abuja by Comrade Emeka Nze and Pastor Godwin Mbachu,
Chairman and Secretary respectively, condemned the incessant killings that is fast reducing Southern Kaduna to a killing field.
The Forum said; “In spite of its barbaric hue, it only reinforces primitive societies where might was right and further portrays Nigerians before the international community as a people incapable of living in harmony.”
The group reminded governments at all levels that they exist primarily for the protection of lives and property thus called on them, especially the Federal government, to ensure that the people of Southern Kaduna are availed the right of protection.
While commiserating with families of those that lost their loved ones, it urged the security agencies to deploy the intelligence available to them to fish out the culprits with a view to prosecuting them and stamping out the killings.
The statement reads in part, “We condemn in strong terms the recent killings in southern Kaduna, where many lives are lost. We feel pained by this ugly development and urged the relevant authorities to halt the killings. We also plead against reprisal attack by the affected communities as vengeance belongs to God.
The group recalled that in the last one week, 63 people including innocent women and children were killed in Jama’a, Kaura Local Government Area, Doka Avong in Kajuru LGA and Gora Gan Zango Kataf Local Government Area.