Southern Kaduna Massacre – Over 800 Nigerians, probably Christians have been killed in Southern Kaduna’s attack by Fulani Herdsmen.
Sad enough, the state in question, as well as the national government, is as mute as they were during the previous massacres by same dangerous group in 2016.
Soyinka, echoing the unheard voices of many concerned and angry Nigerians, have publicly accused the Kaduna state and national government of playing games with innocent lives under the guise of religion.
The Noble Laureate has condemned the lackadaisical manner in which the authorities of both tiers of government responded to the mayhem.
First he identified the evident role the Muslim religion played in the response of the state and national governments. Yet again he identified the root cause of the Southern Kaduna Massacre to be the unsettled conflict between farming and the infamous grazing bill.
“Religion in the history of this continent has been a disastrous venture, a disaster in many zones and continues to be even so today.
“In this very nation in Southern Kaduna, over 800 souls were brutally extinguished suddenly while the issue of grazing lands versus farming is unquestionably part of the conflict, it is equally undeniable that religious differences have played crucial role in the conflict.”
Also on a sad note he considers El-Rufai’s move to appease the menace group with money, a blunder of all times. In other words, instead of facing justice, the Kaduna State governor opted for an undeserving leniency towards the group.
“First lethargy and then appeasement. Wasn’t Boko Haram’s Muhammed Yusuf not a beneficiary of appeasement in a similar fashion? “
“Southern Kaduna has reminded us once again that the monster always lying waiting to pounce under the guise of religion.”
“If you ask why General Buhari did not act fast enough when these events take place, which degrade us as human beings, well it is perhaps he has been waiting for the governor of that state to send money to the killers first for them to stop the killing.”