Gov. Yero’s Tasteless Response To The Grieving Communities Of Southern Kaduna On The Massacres Of Our People

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Press Statement By The Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum ( SKIPFO ) Gov Yero and Vice President Sambo Following the genocidal attacks and massacre of defenceless people, mostly women, children and the aged in three communities in namely Angwan Sankwai, Angwan Gata and Angwan Kura in Moroa Chiefdom of Kaura LGA, Kaduna State on the night of March 14th, 2014 and the senseless killings of innocent farming villages, a coalition youth groups of Southern
Kaduna decided to stage a peaceful demonstration in Kaduna on Monday March 17th, 2014 to express their sorrow and complicity of the State government.While the tears were still running down our faces over the unprecedented massacre of over 126 defenceless families in the history of Kaduna State, we were brutally caused undue verbal and psychological injuries by the one who is supposed to be the father of everyone in Kaduna State today – Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. When the State Commissioner of Police was informed of the intended peaceful demonstration he called the coalition to a meeting and requested that we shelve our planned demonstration in order not to further jeopardise the already fragile peace in the city of Kaduna. In exchange, he offered to speak to the Governor to grant us audience to express our worries and grievances to the government of Kaduna State. We accepted this in good faith in order not to worsen the already charged situation in the State, and believing that the Governor would respond favourably and promptly to the grave security situation in the southern part of Kaduna State considering the magnitude of wanton destruction of lives.

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 At our meeting with the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, we presented the following requests and questions to the Kaduna State Government:
 Since 2011 till date, all communities in Southern Kaduna have never known a peaceful night’s sleep. There is no single community in Southern Kaduna that has not suffered unprovoked attacks from the Hausa/Fulani. Why have the attacks and all forms of violence been targeted at Southern Kaduna communities? There is no single attack ever recorded in the northern part of the State as at today, since the 2011 general crisis.
 Explain to the people of Southern Kaduna and indeed all Nigerians, why the perpetrators of these heinous and genocidal crimes in Southern Kaduna, even when apprehended and handed over to the security agencies have never been brought to book or prosecuted. Instead sponsored groups speaking for the culprits have always justified such mass murders of hundreds of women and children on grounds that a few of their cattle have been killed and no single carcass of cattle has been produced to buttress this claim, yet lives are wasted at will. Are the cows of greater value than the sanctity of human lives?
 That since the Security agencies have failed to end the attacks on our peaceful communities the Kaduna State Government should set up an agency to regulate neighbourhood watch groups in our communities and immediately employ 800 youths from each of the Local Government Areas affected by the attacks, who will be trained and empowered to assist the security agencies in protecting the Southern Kaduna communities from incessant attacks by the Fulani gunmen.
 That while relief materials and assistance should be immediately provided to the victims, our people do not want to be killed and their crops and farmlands destroyed just for some people to show “concern” by giving such relief materials.
 That adequate arrangements should be made to provide security of lives and property in Southern Kaduna, in collaboration with the communities therein, in order for Government to convince our communities that they have not been abandoned to their own fate by the same government that has the sole responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.
 That the report of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by late Gov Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in 2012 but submitted to Gov Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in April, 2013 be released and the White Paper be made public and implemented to the later.
 We were totally disappointed with the response by the State governor even after we graphically and extensively presented evidence of escalation of the killings, starting from Angwan Yaro and Angwan Yuli in July 2011, Fadiya Bakut in Bajju Chiefdom, Bitaro in Jaba LGA and Kafanchan in Jema’a LGA, to Afana, Zonkwa and several communities in Zangon Kataf LGA, and Kukum -Gida and Ungwan Rami in Kagoro, Attakar and Moroa in Kaura LGA, where in the last instance, in one fell swoop, over 126 people were murdered in their sleep in the dead of night in Maroa. Instead, the Governor of Kaduna State, responded with the wave of his hand that our communities who have been under constant bloody attacks should be patient as this attacks will soon fade away when the time comes. In other words, the people of Southern Kaduna have no assurance of their security from the Chief Security Officer of the State.
 To add insult to injury and more pain to a grieving people, the governor threatened all communities in Southern Kaduna that anyone who thinks that he can try the government of Kaduna State, he will be crushed. In his words “ This government has the capacity to crush any protest”. He chided Maj George Asake ( rtd ) thrice that he was still waiting for the summons from the International Criminal Court of Justice ( ICC ). He gave the impression of someone who is above the law and is untouchable. We wish to assure him that he is touchable and with God on our side, we shall commit him for trial before the ICCJ in due course. After all it is his complicity in these genocide case that we are all talking about!
 The contempt with which the governor of Kaduna State has regarded our people as worthless varmints that should be obliterated from off the surface of the earth was shown in clarity and in obvious arrogance. His aggressive disposition to the butchered communities who are grieving at this time that the wounds inflicted on them are still so fresh, and who need to be consoled, leaves a bitter taste. It gives us the impression that the person who is supposed to protect us, that is the Executive Governor of Kaduna State Alhaji Ramalan Mukhtar Yero is clearly tacitly in support of the attacks and jubilant that his kith and kin who have exchanged the shepherd’s rod for AK 47s and other automatic weapons are wrecking so much havoc in Southern Kaduna. Cattle rearing has taken a new turn in Kaduna State and who dares to question the AK 47wielding Fulani gunmen? Every Bajju, Atyap, Gwom, Attakar, Sholio, Ham etc person has become the wolf threatening the herds of cattle of Ramalan’s brothers and must be shot at sight or better still, in his sleep so that the threat is completely obliterated!!
 Last year while addressing our traditional rulers in Southern Kaduna, he told the audience in clear terms that we should know that he is a Fulani man and whether we like it or not, we must live in peace with the Fulanis in our communities. The terms by which we are to co-exist with these people are determined by the Fulanis and their kith and kin, the Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. The terms are the daily killing of our people. The Fulanis have turned it to sport now, using our people for target practice, AND WHO WILL HELP US.??

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