Mass Slaughter: …Outrage over killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna
Hundreds of innocent Christians have been slaughtered in Southern Kaduna, as bloodthirsty Fulani Herdsmen spread their killings to that part of the country.
Reports say over 800 people, most of them women and children have died and 57 injured, in recent attacks of 53 villages. No fewer than 16 churches were burnt alongside the destruction of 1,422 houses and farm produce worth N5.5 billion.
In the last year, Nigeria has witnessed a harvest of killings by the same marauding herdsmen with several cases of massacre in Agatu, Benue state, Uzo Uwani, Enugu state with several attacks in Taraba, Delta and Edo States.
In his report to the Senate, Senator Danjuma La’ah representing Southern Kaduna lamented the wanton destruction of lives and property, while the House set up a panel to investigate the killings.
Danjuma told the senate that the attacks were ongoing since 2011. He said various communities in the senatorial district of Kaduna state had been consistently attacked by herdsmen, resulting in deaths, injuries, loss of property and displacement of the communities.
According to him, fresh attacks by the herdsmen began two days before Christmas and have affected communities in Ambam, Gaska, Dangoma, Tsonje, Pasankori, Gidan Waya and Farin Gada of Iama”a and Kaura council.
The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama condemned the acts of savagery in Southern Kaduna. Kaigama who is the President Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) worried that the younger generation of Nigerians were growing up with a false sense that life is cheap and could be taken away at any time by anyone or group.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to break the silence, adopt stringent and proactive measures to end the killings in Kaduna and other areas in the country.
Similarly, Archbishop Anthony Obinna condemned the killings in Southern Kaduna, calling it an attack on the Christian faith.
“Is Southern Kaduna in Igboland? No! Their only offence is that they are Christians like the Igbos and that is what attracted the hatred of Muslims who want to exterminate them. Christians have no duty to be slaves to any human being and nobody has a right to enslave anyone else either,” the Archbishop said while preaching at Maria Assumpta Cathedral last Sunday.
A statement by the National General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, has blamed the escalation of the attacks and killings by the Fulani herdsmen on the inability of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the Islamic clerics to call the terrorists to order and intervene in a meaningful way.
CAN in the 17 Southern states of the country said governor Nasir El-Rufai should be held responsible for the killing of Christians in the state.
A statement by the Secretary, Joseph Aka Ajujunwa and Chairman, Prof David Eberechukwu, said they were astonished that the governor could not intervene on the southern Kaduna killings until several Christians were murdered and displaced.
The Southern Kaduna killings have attracted global attention and the United Nations has set up an investigation into the incident.