Nigeria: Some Are Bent On Turning Southern Kaduna To Theatre Of War, Says Lawmaker

By  Amos Tauna

Kaduna (Nigeria) – Member representing Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Shehu Nicholas Garba, has decried recent spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

The lawmaker, who represents the areas being attacked lamented that some people were deliberately trying to make the peaceful communities war zones.

In a statement issued to newsmen, he noted, “These recent attacks defy all human logic as there appears to be no immediate trigger.

“That these attacks take place on the eve of Christmas is a demonstration of the total contempt of the perpetrators of the solemnity of this season.

“We had thought that the relative peace which had been witnessed over the past months, arising from efforts of well-meaning individuals and bodies, was going to translate into a permanent peace which our people desperately desire.

“Unfortunately, it appears that some persons or group are bent on perpetuating violence and turning our hitherto  peaceful communities into a theatre of war for reasons not yet clear to all peace-loving people.”

He explained that as a representative of the communities and a human being, the incidents are painful and stand totally condemned.

“It was with deep shock and concern that I received the news of the attack on Nindem Village in Godogodo Chiefdom at about 10pm on Friday, 22 December, 2017.

“In this attack, 4 persons were killed and 10 others were critically injured. The dead were buried the next day under the watch of the Security personnel. The wounded are currently being attended to at the Throneroom Hospital in Kafanchan while other severe cases have been referred to JUTH in Jos.

“While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem, at about 10pm on Christmas eve on Sunday, the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya in Kwagiri District of Gwong Chiefdom,” he lamented.

He explained that by daybreak on Christmas day, six persons have been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old and many others injured.

“These attacks, coming on the eve of Christmas festivities, are reminiscent of the sad attack at Goska on the eve of last year’s Christmas celebration,” he said.

Shehu Nicholas Garba said that in spite of the attacks, they would continue to promote the virtues of peace and harmonious co-existence amongst all their communities.

He therefore appealed to the security agencies to quickly investigate the latest incidents with a view to apprehending and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“I am also appealing to Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, to ensure that these latest incidents do not go the way of similar previous incidents, where the perpetrators were never apprehended.

“There is no doubt that the impunity which has followed previous incidents has continued to embolden the murderers whose agenda is yet to be unravelled,” he emphasized.

The lawmaker called on the state government to complement their efforts in rendering assistance to the injured.

“We are calling on all Nigerians and the International Community to take a special notice of the happenings and plight of our communities, which are daily being decimated by forces that the state has persistently failed to unearth.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the dead and injured at this very difficult time,” he prayed.

The Reps member urged the affected communities to remain calm and avoid embarking on any form of violent reaction while expecting the security personnel to act.

“It is important to stress that while we continue with the celebration of the festive season, let us remain very vigilant and be ready to report any suspicious activities or movements to the security agencies,” he explained.

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