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160 Kaduna groups plan for peace

About 160 groups in Southern Kaduna on Friday agreed to form committees at community levels to promote peaceful co-existence among themselves.

The decision came on the heels of another initiative by Governor Nasir El-Rufai to forge peace in the state, often wracked by ethnic and religious violence. On Thursday, El-Rufai named Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon as the chair of a Peace Commission.

The 160 groups made a separate commitment at a workshop on peace building organised by Global Peace Foundation(GPF) in Angwar Fari, Kanikon Chiefdom in Jema’a Local Government Area.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the groups comprised of religious and traditional leaders, elders, women and youth, represented by 40 delegates each.

Communities involved in the search for peace included Goska, Ambam, Bakin Kogi, Tudun Wada, Amere, Angwar Fari, Angwar Baki and Dangoma which had experienced several attacks in the past.

The Country Director of GPF, Mr Jonh Okon said the workshop was a follow up to series of mediation efforts by the foundation since January.

“We thank the people for their commitment to peace and express our happiness that since after the peace and reconciliation meeting in June, normalcy has been gradually returning to the communities.

“GPF is committed to continue working with you through the ‘One Family under God’ peace building programme to ensure that sustainable and lasting peace returns to the communities, as without sustainable peace, there can be no development.”

Also, Northern Nigeria Coordinators of the foundation, Sheikh Halliru Maraya and Rev. John Hayab expressed delight that several months of efforts by all stakeholders have resulted in the return of peace to the various communities.

“Today, we are building on the foundation of the understanding we all had during the peace and reconciliation meetings and training workshops,” they said.

They reminded the participants of the kind of inter-dependent and mutually beneficial
relationships that existed between the Natives and Fulani in Southern Kaduna over the
ages.

The coordinators urged the people to execute community service projects for the good of all, to strengthen the bond of unity and peaceful coexistence among them.

They also reminded participants that everyone had the fundamental human right to life, ownership of properties, freedom of religion and expression.

” This confers on every human being the responsibility of protecting those fundamental human rights not just of him or herself but of others, and also living for the greater good.

“We are very hopeful judging from the way events have unfolded that this chiefdom is on the right path towards achieving sustainable peace, because you have accepted to forgive one another, you have accepted to visit one another.”

Mr Abokie Galadima, a former Chief of Staff to late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State expressed happiness with the programme and urged all residents to unite and embrace peace and brotherhood.

“It they live in peace, then there will be progress, but government needs to come out and help bring to book those that are giving us sleepless nights,” he added.

Also Alhaji Husseini Dembo, a former commissioner in the state, urged the communities to sustain dialogue and avoid anything that would trigger violence.

“The people are now aware that they are not alone, they now know that there are people out there who care about them, so they should also start caring about themselves,” Dembo said.

NAN report that the participants in their various groups discussed and outlined several ongoing community engagements to facilitate peace building.

The engagements include setting up community peace and reconciliation committees, initiating community dialogue meetings, regular dialogue with security agencies, interfaith forum, community group outreach, community sport activities, as well as annual community peace festivals.

NAN

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On National Peace Committee’s Intended Visit To Southern Kaduna By Dr. John Danfulani

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.


by Dr. John Danfulani


On 13 January 2017 Gen. Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar and members of his National Peace Committee were in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna. His team comprised eminent Nigerians like Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Commodore Ebitu Ikiwe, and the Sultan of Sokoto. The peacemakers had a three-hour closed door interface with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and other top government functionaries.

The former Head of Nigeria junta stated their mission to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House thus: “We are here due to the recent happenings in Southern Kaduna. And from here within the week, we are going to meet with other stakeholders, religious leaders, the Chiefs in the area and also visit the site where these problems are and discuss with the people. After which we will now sit  down and see what we think should be done”.

After their almost late visitation to Southern Kaduna, and after listening to tribulations of victims, and tour of the genocide spots, the head of the self-appointed National Peace Committee informed the world of their next line of action in this fashion: “…after which we will now sit down and see what we think should be done. Then we come back to the governor and if necessary to the Federal Government”.

From their mission statement, it’s clear that they are going to Southern Kaduna to see political, spiritual and feudal lords of victims. Except they are telling us that they are living in some far off planets, they know what has happened and is still happening in Southern Kaduna. Sequel to that, why go to Southern Kaduna? The committee knows who has failed in protecting lives and property of indigenous people of Southern Kaduna via their actions, inactions, and pronouncements. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.

Wait a minute, are they going to Southern Kaduna to make peace or just see the scale of inhumanity and barbarism perpetrated by some hell-bound territorial expansionists?  Let’s yield to the temptation that they are going to talk and promote peace. Now, let me ask: is Southern Kaduna at war within itself or other communities in Nigeria? No. If it’s incontrovertible and irrefutable that Southern Kaduna people are not at war with any local or external community, why waste time visiting them and seeing Nigeria version of Sabibo?

Gen. Abdulsalami’s team are mere attention seekers whose interest is not to see to the end of the genocide in Southern Kaduna but instead to gain national prominence. Come on, is this mixed grill team ignorant of Governor El-Rufai’s statement of 2nd December 2016 and his chat claims of 21st December 2016?  Governor El-Rufai claimed he knows the barbarians and vandals killing people, burning houses and running over farmlands in Southern Kaduna. He said they are foreigners living in Niger, Cameroon, Mali, Chad and Senegal. The chief occupant of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House went further by telling us that he has paid some of them compensation to cease the killings in Southern Kaduna.

With Mr. El-Rufai’s shameful and felonious revelation, are the National Peace Committee not to head to the countries Mr. El-Rufai enumerated and sue for peace? Heading to the direction of victims of the mindless killings and arsons amounts to wobbling effort and charting a wrong directions. Let them get the contact of the killers from Mr. El-Rufai and head to their foreign climes and import them from their countries for a peace conference. It will be easy for them to achieve that because the compensator of killers, Mr. El-Rufai, knows their whereabouts.

If the gerontocratic clustered in the National Peace Committee are serious, let them head to Aso Rock and report Mr. El-Rufai’s foreign policy action of linking and negotiating with terrorists. If they want us to take them seriously, let them openly condemned Mr. El-Rufai’s action of compensating foreign killers of Southern Kaduna people because there is no local and global tradition that purified compensation of terrorists. Terrorists are killed and in milder cases arrested and prosecuted. But Mr. El-Rufai has introduced a boomeranging angle into the way terrorists are handled.

Do Gen. Abdulsalami and his team members desire we take them serious? Let them insist that victims of known foreign killers be compensated. Let them insist that Mr. El-Rufai should explain why the village of Goska in Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government that was under 24-hour curfew was attacked on 24th December 2016 with impunity. Let them, if they are sincere, inquire reasons why Governor El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have not created an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Southern Kaduna. Or direct them to set-go the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) moving with relief materials to Southern Kaduna.

Are members of the National Peace Committee saying they are unaware of Governor El-Rufai’s tweet in 2012 that told people that whosoever kills a Fulani man takes a repayable loan? On 2nd and 21st December 2016 he told us that he is Fulani. A simple linking of the dots and reading the thin blue lines in between his 2012 tweet and what is happening today will revile that when he used the word “We put it to whosoever…” he told us the resolve of his genocidal and barbaric groups. This is logic. No special wisdom is needed to connect the dots.

Gen. Abdulsalami must have heard of the imperial decree of an aspiring maximum leader Governor El-Rufai that anybody that counsels victims of genocide in Southern Kaduna to defend themselves is hate speech. And, that he would arrest and prosecute such people or person. His tantrum and megalomaniac resolve contracted provisos of the country’s 1999 constitution and Geneva convention of peoples’ rights that clearly stated that self-defense is a human right to a person or people under assaults, specially in a situation where government has vividly demonstrated its incapability in safeguarding them from reckless terminators. From this, it’s clear that Mr. El-Rufai is telling the people of Southern Kaduna to hold their hands while janjaweeds he knows and have been communing with commit dastardly acts.

Some of us are outrageously elated that patriotic citizens like Governors Ishaku Darius of Taraba, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Sen. Danjuma Tella Laah, Chief Femi Fani Kayode and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) advanced the position of self-defense. We live to see how Mr. El-Rufai will walk his threats by arresting and prosecuting these people that directly challenged his wicked and satanic philosophy. Let him demonstrate to Nigerians his awesome power by arresting these men of timber and caliber and men he can’t even stand in their front and talk. Preying on people like Dr. John Danfulani of Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA) and Jacob Dickson of Authentic News Daily is not the best way of showcasing his executive recklessness and dictatorial disposition. History has it that bullies are cowards.

I counsel that Southern Kaduna groups this National Peace Committee intends to see should distance themselves from this time wasting and energy consuming scheme of elites that are malnourished of the capacity to call a spade by its name; people who hardly look the powers that be in the eye and tell them some quinine taste truth. Should the targeted groups ignore this divine advice of steering clear and rejecting the invitation, they will sooner or later be confronted with the repercussions of their intransigence because nothing good will come from their interface. Let them invest the time they will waste meeting these people who don’t share their aspirations or feel their pains in prayers and designing of strategy of how to defend their lands from unabashed land grabbers and 21st century inquisitors. Going will be like singing the lord’s song by the river of Babylon.
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Abdulsalami: We must find a solution to Southern Kaduna crisis

Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, says a solution must be found to the crisis in the southern part of Kaduna state.

Speaking on Friday when he led a delegation of the National Peace Committee to the state, the elder statesman emphasised the need for peace.

The delegation held a closed door meeting with Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, before briefing journalists.

Abdulsalami disclosed that there were plans to meet with stakeholders in the region to find out the cause of the problem.

“We are here due to the recent happenings in Southern Kaduna. And from here, we are going to meet with other stakeholders, religious leaders, the chiefs in the area and also visit the site where these problems are and discuss with the people,” he said.

“We will sit down and see what we think should be done. Then, we come back to the governor and also if necessary to the federal government… This crisis is not only limited to Kaduna, it is something that is engulfing the country.

“We want to make sure that peace reigns in Nigeria, to make sure that people know that we are together, we have to live in peace with each other and we have what it is to give and take.

“We are reaching a situation in the country where human live doesn’t mean anything to people and this is wrong.”

He appealed to the people to embrace peace, saying no religion preaches violence.

“There is no religion on earth or anywhere that preaches violence. So this is why we are here today,” he said.

“We thank the governor and his team for receiving us. One of the points that the governor drew our attention to is the way people take law into their hands and they go scot free. And this impunity must be checked. These are some of the issues we discussed.

“Everybody is aggrieved  in one way or the other, so what we beg on people is to be patient, try as much as to forgive and to be each other’s keeper. We must live together, we must find solution to the problems to sit down and talk to ourselves because there is no problem that cannot be solved when you are talking to each other.”

Mathew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, who is from the southern part of Kaduna, said the meeting was to show solidarity with the people.

He said the committee would get first-hand information from the people of the state.

“I think the visit is more of a solidarity with the people of Kaduna state. We are here to hear for ourselves what exactly is happening and what we can do with the hope that we can find a way forward based on the situation,” he said.

“We are part of the delegation, I convened the peace committee and what we are doing now is to try  to bring about peace.  We are looking at how we can achieve peace and stability.

“I think what the people of Kaduna state, including the government should be doing now is to look into how we can achieve peace and development, and I think that is the reason we have democracy.

“What is going now is a very sad phase in our history, but I believe that we can get over it and we will get over it and come out stronger and committed to peace.”

Sources: www.thecable.ng

UN To Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings

Channels Television.

 

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary Executions, Dr. Agnes Callamard, has confirmed that she is probing the “recent allegations of killings of over 800 citizens mostly women, children and the elderly in Southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen, and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and provide reparations to victims”.

This followed a petition dated December, 30 2016 and sent by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

The development on Dr. Callamard’s investigation on the killings was disclosed on Wednesday by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

In a communique sent to SERAP on Wednesday, Dr. Callamard said: “Many thanks to SERAP for your petition. I am writing to confirm that I have well received it and will review it with great attention. I will update you on follow-up interventions.”

In its response, SERAP said: “We welcome the attention by the Special Rapporteur to the matter and her commitment to pursue justice and accountability with respect to the killings in Southern Kaduna.”

It would be recalled that SERAP had in its petition to Dr. Callamard expressed “concern over the killings of citizens in Southern Kaduna of Nigeria, amounting to serious violations of the rights to life, security of the human person, respect of the dignity inherent in a human being and rights to property guaranteed not only by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) but also the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”

“SERAP contends that Nigerian authorities have failed and/or neglected to respect these human rights and to exercise due diligence to ensure that these rights are not violated by private individuals such as herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.

“The Nigerian government should therefore be held accountable for failing or neglecting to guarantee and protect the rights of the people in Southern Kaduna, regardless of whether such violations are directly or indirectly attributable to the state or its officials.”

“SERAP is concerned that the Nigerian government has failed and/or neglected to create an environment in Southern Kaduna to end the unlawful killings by failing to move their legal and institutional machinery towards the actual realisation of these rights. It is in fact the failure by the government to take adequate measures to prevent the violence which has contributed to the increasing number of victims.”

“SERAP believes that the killings would not have taken place if the Nigerian authorities have taken measures to prevent their happening and to address persistent impunity of those responsible for the violations and abuses. The lack of accountability for the attacks by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country has continued to create a culture of impunity which clearly is not compatible with the rule of law in a democratic society.”

“According to the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna State, a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across the four Local Government Areas in the state ridden by crisis.

“The church leaders also said that 57 people were injured; farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were also destroyed, and a total of 1,422 houses and 16 churches were burnt during the attacks.

“The affected communities are spread across Kaura, Sanga, Jama’a and Kauru Local Government Areas where there had been persistent attacks on communities by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen.”

SERAP therefore urged Dr. Callamard to prevail on the Nigerian authorities to;

• Take measures to urgently secure the right to life, security and dignity of the human person and right to property of citizens in Southern Kaduna.

• To prevent further attacks and killings by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.

• Carry out an effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and identify the perpetrators to bring them to justice and provide reparations to victims.

• Provide a framework of security for the protection of life, and protect the lives of those individuals at risk from unlawful attacks in Southern Kaduna.

• Also to provide an effective remedy and reparation for the victims.

Southern Kaduna: You are hypocrites- CAN tells Imams calling for their arrest

Few dayas ago,  the Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state, held a press conference where they called for the arrest of some Christian religious leaders including CAN President, over some of the comments he has made on the lingering Southern Kaduna crisis(Read here).

CAN in a statement released yesterday, described the Islamic clerics as hypocrites for turning blind eyes to the real issues that have continuously caused the crisis. The statement signed by the Secretary General of CAN,  Rev. Musa Asake reads in part;

“To CAN, this is a surprising shameless, unveiled criminal support for evil. While, the killings of children, women, aged and the most defenseless of Southern Kaduna natives and the destruction of entire communities was at its peak, no one knew that a group called Council of Imams and Ulama existed in Kaduna state.

When Church leaders under the banner of CAN kept praying for Southern Kaduna and other affected areas in the country, visiting traumatized communities and softly calling on government to do the needy, this Council of Imams was silent and invisible. In a press conference in Kaduna on November 7th 2016, Jema’a Foundation, Miyetti Allah and Mobgal Fulbe Development Association confirmed that Fulani and Hausa Muslims have been behind the ethnic cleansing and destruction of villages and houses of worship in Southern Kaduna. They claimed they had to do this to entrench their rights to practice Islam, alleging they were being marginalized in Southern Kaduna. Those who addressed the press were Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed, Ahmad M. Yandeh and Abdulhamid Musa. Again, on December 31, 2016, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Assistant National Secretary of Miyetti Allah also echoed the same position that the Fulani were carrying out reprisal killings. In view of this glaring confession by all these Fulani men, is it not reprehensible, distasteful and vile that the Council of Imams and Ulama Kaduna State did not call for the arrest of these people who are in conspiracy with the murderers? With their position now, it is obvious that these Imams are part of the evil network desperately trying to decimate the Christian population of Southern Kaduna and the taking over of their lands by Islamist herdsmen terrorists. These are the Muslim clerics that encourage and inspire the jihad carried out by their foot soldiers. We have refused to keep silent as we are speaking up to government and telling the world the devilish plot against the Christian community in Southern Kaduna and other affected areas. While those they inspired through their wicked sermons to kill and conquer new territories for Islam are carrying out their instructions, they are now intimidating the victims with Gov. El-Rufai’s infamous position of “call for self-defense is hate speech. Our Lord Jesus Christ is exposing the enemies of His Kingdom one by one. For the records, the words and the way of life of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world before whom all knees shall bow, was never violent. CAN therefore, thrives under His inspiration and guidance. We can never call on a Christian to kill another human being. But we cannot tell a Christian to unjustly submit himself to murderers, his family wiped, his community taken over with crude violence so that a new community of herdsmen terrorists be established as it is happening now in Southern Kaduna, especially as government is not showing enough commitment to arresting the situation. CAN therefore, has no apology over what comment it has made on the religious cleansing in Southern Kaduna and other places in the country. It is clear fact that CAN has the more to lose with the continuance of these madness. Since May last year to date in Southern Kaduna alone, over 100 Christians have been killed; over 53 communities with their churches have been destroyed and not less than 16 villages have been conquered and are now being occupied by Fulani herdsmen terrorists”.

Source: http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2017/01/souther-kaduna-you-are-hypocrites-can.html

Federal government say 204 people killed in Southern Kaduna crisis

Oyedepo prays on Southern Kaduna killings: Let Nigeria breakup now if it’s God’s will

General Overseer of Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, has berated the silence of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government in stopping crisis in Southern Kaduna LGA of Kaduna State where Fulani herdsmen reportedly killed over 800 local farming residents between December 2016 and January 2017.

Oyedepo was seen ministering during a recent church programme:
“God sent me as His apostle of liberation to this continent to stop it from decadence.”

“I heard from God and He has proved it beyond measure. Therefore, every occultic root, every political root of this uprising is cursed today!”

The congregation shouted “Amen!”

“All the northern forces that are sponsoring this uprising and killings, i decree the curse of God upon them.”

Continuing, he said, ”Lord, if it is your will to break up Nigeria, break it now!”

To his members, he said, “Come on, pray in the spirit everybody. Pray in the spirit, open fire, call down the Holy Ghost fire to descend on the camp of the enemy. Enough is Enough!”

Speaks in tongues again.

“If Nigeria wakes up, wait for the church to rise. There will be no more nation, what nonsense.”

“What demonic devils. What Islamic demons. If Nigeria waits for the church to rise, Nigeria will disappear as a nation.”

Speaks in tongue.

“You mean government cannot protect people? What a mess!”

“Every agent of destruction in Government today, call fire down on their head, call fire down on their head.”

“Everyone sponsoring evil against the nation, let your fire fall on him!”

“A Boko Haram agent was captured and they said he escaped. Everyone connected to his escape, fire consume them, consume them, consume them!”

To his congregation, he said, “Go ahead and pray.”

Prays in tongue.

“Fire of the Lord consume them!”

“I was even told from report that they were targeting this church. I said what?”

“Even if I was asleep, if you see anybody here kill him! Kill him and spill his blood on the ground. I am saying that to you, what nonsense, what devil. You think our God is an idol?”

The faithful shouted “No!”

“If I put fire on your tail to overrun the city, you will do it in one minute. What is that? What devil?”

“I stand today with every authority on me, and I declare the Boko Haram camp cursed!”

“I declare their collaborators cursed! I decree their sponsors cursed!”

“Must the north continue to rule?”

“What devils!”

“God has anointed me to lead a revolution against the Islamic jihadist and as the Lord liveth and as the anointing of Jeru-Baal that’s on me, we declare them extinct in the name of Jesus!” “Amen!”

“You catch anyone that looks like them, kill him!”

“There is no reporting to anybody. Kill him! Pull off his neck! And we spill his blood on the ground. What nonsense.”

“They said why should Christians say they could defend themselves, hold it! What stupid statement, why should Christians say they could defend themselves? So, they should watch for you to put a knife to their necks?”

“You think we are dummies? What! What?”

“All those zeros census they are fake. Where are the human beings?”

“Where are they? We go around the place. Where are they?”

“We’ve never had a successful census in this country. Where are they?”

“Don’t mistake only those in politics as in power. The anointed in the Lord are the ones in power. By divine ordination, don’t mistake that.”

“There was a king in the land but Elijah was determining the events of the nation.”

“If i say it will not rain here for three years, it will not drop. What nonsense!”

“Who born their mother, who born their father? They are too small.”

“Come! Get excited and walk in confidence. Any devil that misbehaves around you will be slain by the fire!”

A thunderous “Amen” echoed from the congregation.
Source: http://www.somtoo.com/