The leader of popular Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political organization, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has condemned the President’s silence regarding [neutralization] in Southern Kaduna.
The group said the Government’s silence on the matter conveys a dangerous message.
This following after Southern Kaduna natives accused the Fulani herdsmen of genocide.
Fasoranti said: “It grieves us that the Federal Government has been quiet on these [neutralizations].
“Relying on the Governor who openly said compensated the killers because they are of the same ethnic stock with him.
“A state of emergency ought to have been declared in Kaduna.
“This is because, by El Rufai’s claim (of compensating Fulani herders for the ‘job’), he can no longer be trusted.
“He cannot perform his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of all citizens.
“We are further embarrassed by the statement credited to President when he said he cannot speak on every issue.
“How can the [neutralization] of citizens in hundreds be ‘every issue’?
“Has President Buhari not sent messages to other countries, where tragedies of lesser proportion occurred?”
Also, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has pleaded with both Southern Kaduna natives.
MACBAN begged Southern Kaduna residents to sheathe their swords and embrace reconciliation.
MACBAN stated that the invasions carried out by herdsmen were reprisals from the 2011 post-presidential [neutralizations.
The group claimed Southern Kaduna residents made away with many cattle following the outcome of that election.
The Assistant National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, also said some Fulani were [neutralized] there in 2011.
He said when the reprisal attacks from the Fulani started then, late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State intervened.
He said the late Governor reached out to aggrieved Fulani, which ultimately led to resolving the crisis in 2012.
He noted that Yakowa’s predecessor did not continue with the policy.
He did not say what the policy was, but that Governor El-Rufai has continued that policy.