Buhari, El-Rufai not doing enough on Kaduna crisis, says CAN
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, yesterday accused President Buhari and the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, of not doing enough to curb attacks on communities in Southern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen.
Ayokunle, who argued that talks of peaceful co-existence must be backed by mutual respect, spoke when victims of attack by Fulani herdsmen narrated their ordeal to him at the CAN national secretariat in Abuja.
He said while innocent Nigerians were being murdered in cold blood daily, the Fulani attackers appeared untouchable and above the law.
He said: “All the paraphernalia of security are in the hands of government. So, we appeal to the Federal and Kaduna State government and security agencies to do their work and protect the life and property of the people.
“To keep Nigeria one is first of all the task of government. Government should give us direction. You are trying but your efforts are not enough until we see an end to the murder of our citizens in cold blood. Or are you saying that everybody should take up arms to defend himself?”
Ayokunle said it was a shame to say that the herdsmen were foreigners when Nigeria has an immigration department and other security agencies whose duty it is to prevent unwanted foreigners from entering the country.
Earlier, the secretary of CAN from Godogodo zone, who spoke on behalf of the victims, Rev. Chawaison Nathan, said he narrowly escaped death the day his community was attacked. He said the clash started May 26, 2016 when one of the residents went to his farm and was macheted by herdsmen.
He said contrary to media reports that the attack was carried out by unknown gunmen, the attackers “were our Fulani brothers that have been living with us over the years.”
Nathan said since the crisis started, over 50,000 houses have been burnt down in 25 villages, over 125 people killed, 10,000 displaced, 215 persons injured, while 2000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed.
He said: “Twenty churches cannot worship on Sunday because their members have been displaced. The governor visited only one of the villages once. Up till now, no arrest has been made. The governor said peace has been restored, but I want you to know that peace is not yet restored to Jema’a Local Government Area. On the day a peace accord was being signed, about five people were killed.”