Nigerians have continued to express their worries and disappointment following the ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna area of Northern Nigeria. The displeasure of so many is coming due to what they see as the silence of the world even as close to a thousand lives have been lost already.
Taking to different available media, both individuals and groups have strongly expressed their displeasure with both the Nigerian government as well as the international community for the rather long silence.
The area which is mostly dominated by Christians, have been experiencing attacks by alleged Fulani herdsmen. While different parts of the country have been experiencing similar attacks, the persistent attack in over fifty communities in the area and the inaction of government has made it very worrisome.
Although these serious attacks have been on since August 2016, neither the UN nor any African body, AU or ECOWAS, has come out to force the Nigerian government into action or in the least condemn the act. More so, there is little attention given to the attacks by the international media, thus raising fears among the people in the area.
Images emanating from the area show both men, women, the aged, and even little children being massacred in large numbers. The acts are reportedly carried out by people with very sophisticated weapons. Tweets such as the one below, as well keep coming out of the area:
The attackers are many.
They have sophisticated weapons.
The people are calling to say they may all be killed by tomorrow #SouthernKaduna
— Syria's mummy (@YarKafanchan) January 6, 2017
While Slamming the international communities, Nigerians have also criticized President Muhammadu Buhari who they accuse of being silent. Until 5th of January, 2017, the president has neither come out to condemn the attacks nor inform the people of what the government is doing about it.
In reaction to what they describe as the silence of the president, the Christian Association of Nigeria, as well as the Catholic Association of Nigeria in the state have both come out to accuse the president of not doing enough to stop the killings and seeming to consent to it. In a statement, the Christian association said:
“Common sense tells anyone that at that instance, the President has to more directly wade in because lives are involved. The continuous killings have shown that the Governor of Kaduna State lacks the will power to arrest the situation and bring it under effective control.”
In defense of the president, however, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said it was needless for the president to speak on what many believed to be genocide in Southern Kaduna, since the state governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had promised to handle it appropriately.
This is even when many people in the area do not trust the governor, a Fulani, following a tweet he made in 2012, stating thus:
We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.
— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) July 15, 2012
More so, the governor has stated following an attack that the attackers were foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.
He also indicated that the government has been able to track some of the attackers and they have been compensated and begged to stop the attack. The statement of the governor has drawn serious criticisms as many feel the government should arrest and bring the suspects to justice and not beg or pay them since they are not the victims.
Among others that have come out to denounce the attacks was the Sultan of Sokoto who in a statement denounced the attacks, describing it as unislamic. “We also wish to call on the Federal government to objectively investigate the matter and prosecute whoever that is found guilty irrespective of the person’s tribe, creed and/or social status,” he added.
Below are some reactions of Nigerians, calling on the government to ensure a stop to the genocide in Southern Kaduna. They are also calling on the world to speak and save them before it is too late.
We are under attack again.#SouthernKaduna is under attack at the moment.
The attackers are many and are wielding sophisticated weapons
— Syria's mummy (@YarKafanchan) January 6, 2017
We always think "is not the north" like our fellow Nigerians don't live there.
Those in #SouthernKaduna are people too. We should speak up
— Purple NK (@NnekaOtika) January 6, 2017
— Patriotic Zahra (@ZahrahIMN) January 5, 2017
Silence is complicity. Silence means you're an accessory- Joe Biden #SouthernKaduna
— John Onwumere (@john_onwumere) January 6, 2017
The silence on the #SouthernKaduna killings is really scary..
— Oluwadesigner° (@irepPRICETAGG) January 5, 2017
Like I said, one day we will wake up and discover there is no #SouthernKaduna. Soon the rural dwellers will all be killed by Fulani bandits.
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) January 6, 2017
— Esom's Momma™ (@kontactrita) January 6, 2017
You're there and you think you're safe, before it was Agatu, Nimbo, Nasarawa and now #SouthernKaduna
No one will talk when it's your own
— Mr Ádéyémí ???????? (@GoodYemi) January 6, 2017
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