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HURIWA plans to petition UK, EU over Buhari’s reluctance to stop Kaduna genocide

By Bertram Nwannekanma (Lagos), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) Ernest Nzor (Abuja)
25 March 2022   |   3:17 am
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, said it would petition the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.) over the reluctance of President Muhammadu Buhari ....

Emmanuel Onwubiko

• Group condemns insurgents’ attack on Christian communities
• Makarfi says violence unacceptable, must stop

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, said it would petition the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.) over the reluctance of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the perpetual genocide in Kaduna State.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it is scandalous and alarming that over 37 persons were killed this week by invading marauders who attacked Agban Kagoro in Kaura Local Council of the state on Sunday night.

The group said the trend of carnage in Southern Kaduna was of concern since 2015 when Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, both of the All Progressives Congress (APC), came into office.

“The persistent attacks on Southern Kaduna make it clear there is an official agenda to wipe off the indigenous Christian communities of Southern Kaduna. It is also clear that the governor and the President, who are both Fulani, are definitely not prepared or ready to tackle the crises from the roots and these killings have definitely become one sided, well-co-ordinated and well-planned,” the statement stated.

SIMILARLY, a group, International Christian Concern (ICC), yesterday condemned Nigerian authorities’ indifference to Islamic insurgents’ attack on Christian communities in Southern Kaduna city.
   
The condemnation was contained in a statement by the group, which indicated that more than 20 people were killed in the attack.
ICC said members of the community had just finished their church worship when armed insurgents arrived with sophisticated weapons.
   
Also, the District Head, Joshua Kokaya, confirmed that more than 20 people were killed and many houses burnt.

MEANWHILE, former Governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said that the violence and killings in Southern Kaduna is unacceptable and must stop.

Makarfi said that the news of a resurgent wave of attacks and violence leading to loss of lives of innocent people around the Jema’a-Kaura-Zangon Kataf Local Council axis of Kaduna State was horrible and obnoxious.

According to him, “these callous acts must be condemned by all people of decency as we must all come together, irrespective of whatever differences, to do whatever it takes to put a stop to the wanton descent into animalism.”