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Southern Kaduna alleges marginalisation in appointments

By Saxone Akhaine, Northern Bureau Chief
07 September 2016   |   1:09 am
Southern Kaduna people have said they are short-changed in political appointments both in the state and at federal levels.
 Musa Kaptain Solomon

Musa Kaptain Solomon

Group rejects grazing reserves, ranches
Southern Kaduna people have said they are short-changed in political appointments both in the state and at federal levels.

Speaking through the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), they said that the appointment of minister as well as that of the managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority should have come to the zone, given the fact that the area has members in the All Progressives Congress (APC), well accomplished in the maritime sector.

In a communiqué signed by its President, Dr. Musa Kaptain Solomon, yesterday, SOKAPU said that the leadership structure of the security outfit in Southern Kaduna zone of the state should reflect ethnic and religious colorations of the people in the area.

Solomon said there is already serious suspicion in the current structure, where one religion and ethnic group is dominating in a curious manner. He maintained this is creating suspicion, affecting confidence in inter-communal relationship between the security top-shots and the people.

SOKAPU also frowned at reports that the state government spends an average of N200 million monthly paying the military, police and para-military organisations.

Solomon pointed out: “If that is true, Southern Kaduna has not felt the impact of such huge drain from our states’ resources and we demand for more military presence at our most vulnerable areas.”

He added: “It would seem that the money is spent on battling bandits to recovering cattle and goats in BirninGwari/Igabi axes and not on humans and property in Southern Kaduna.”

However, the Southern Kaduna people praised the government on its effort to revive agriculture and solid mineral sectors in the state. It called on the people to key into the various projects.

Also, Solomon said, “Southern Kaduna rejects strongly creation of cattle grazing reserves, ranches or whatever name it may be called.

He alleged that it was done without compensation to owners of the vast lands (120,000 hectares) and without any consultation or agreement with affected communities.

The SOKAPU chief added that besides that, it is grave injustice to take traditional farmlands of ethnic people and allocate to foreign people for their exclusive economic activity.

“Grazing reserves and ranches in Southern Kaduna is a dangerous security threat now and in the future,” he said.

Solomon advised that youths in the communities should be allowed to key into the new Kaduna State Vigilante law and be armed proportionate to that of aggressors.

“Southern Kaduna rejects the new Kaduna State Disarmament law because it will empower state apparatus to besiege our communities and remove any vestige of self-defense thus leaving us more vulnerable.