And the Massacre of Southern Kaduna Minorities Goes On in Silence of Nigerian Government.



From:  Southern Kaduna Diaspora (SOKAD), United States & Canada


With profound sorrow and heavy hearts, the Southern Kaduna People in the Diaspora (SOKAD) wish to alert fellow Nigerians and the international community of the genocide against the ethnic and religious minorities of Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State, Nigeria. For several years, our peace-loving people have known no peace as Fulani jihadists, together with Islamic terrorists, their political sponsors, and their enablers, have embarked on an aggressive and ruthless campaign to exterminate our people. These unprovoked, cowardly attacks occur at night when helpless villagers are sleeping and completely defenseless. The agenda is to cleanse the area of farmers in order to pave the way for the so-called Grazing Reserves, a bill that ill-informed Nigerian legislators are trying to pass. SOKAD hopes the bill will be killed, thereby preventing an outbreak of war in the middle belt.

The sample pictures above  tell only a small part of the atrocities being enacted against innocent people. Toddlers, pregnant women, mothers and their babies, individuals with disabilities, the elderly, young men, and young women are being massacred in cold blood.

Equally shocking and unforgiveable is the total and complete silence of the people in power as this carnage continues unabated. These are pictures of the most recent attack, which occurred on March 15, 2014 in the Bondong District of Moroa Chiefdom. The federal government and the Kaduna State government, in particular, have failed these innocent victims. Isn’t it the basic and fundamental duty of any government to protect its citizens? Are the poor souls pictured here not worthy of that noble and first duty of their government—protection of the people?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Kaduna State government and its security forces tacitly approve and condone such barbaric and medieval treatment of a people.  Furthermore, the people are tired of lip service and condolence visits by government officials and politicians.

Nevertheless, we challenge our Southern Kaduna legislators—state and national—to fulfill their duty of effective representation by demanding a plan of action to protect their people.  The Local Government Authorities in southern Kaduna should explore all options for protecting their people, including forming and arming youth militias to act as vigilante groups to protect villages, complementing the poorly equipped police and security forces that have been unable to effectively protect the people. Farmers and youths in the area should be allowed to dust off their bows and arrows and use them for defense. They may not have sophisticated weapons like the ones the Fulani have acquired from the black market, but they do have poisonous arrows. Bows and poisonous arrows are much better than nothing; in fact, they are quite effective against humans and animals.

Meanwhile, all necessary steps must be taken to apprehend and appropriately punish the perpetrators of these atrocities. The blatant lack of arrests and punishments has enabled and emboldened the culprits to continue their killing sprees with unbridled ease and regularity. The Kaduna state and federal governments cannot keep quiet and do nothing, hoping the storm will go away. To those who have purposefully chosen apathy or wishful thinking, the souls of these innocent victims are crying out to you. Their blood stains your hands for the crime—the sin—of such indifference and inaction.

While we advocate for the people of Southern Kaduna, SOKAD offers sympathy to the ethnic and religious minorities of the North-eastern, Benue, and Plateau states. We have not forgotten that similar atrocities were visited on their communities.

May the Lord Almighty protect and bless the people of Southern Kaduna and give courage to our legislative delegation and other leaders. May they demand and fight for our right to live in our ancestral lands as a free and independent people- as our God intended.

Aminu Likita, MD, MPH (President, SOKAD-USA)

Freeman Kamuru, PhD, MD (Secretary General, SOKAD-USA)

Ibrahim A. Maikori, M.Ed (Treasurer/Financial Secretary, SOKAD-USA)