By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of the sum of N10 billion for rebuilding destroyed communities in Benue State; saying this step long awaited is salutary.
He however cautioned that there is a need for these projects to be expeditiously executed so as to speedily ameliorate the sufferings of the surviving victims that have borne the brunt of unprovoked attacks by rampaging terrorists in Benue State.
He noted that sadly, no amount of money will bring back the lives of those killed and neither will the amounts be adequate to rebuild the communities destroyed. Regardless, the funds will provide some succor and palliatives as well as revive the hopes of those still living in the communities destroyed.
SOKAPU said it deem necessary to call on the Federal Government to carry out its interventionist measures in other communities that have suffered similar faith in Nigeria particularly communities in five local governments in Southern Kaduna that were turned into theaters of terrorists activities and killing fields.
“We buried hundreds in mass and most times individual graves; whole communities and villages were completely and totally destroyed. Whole families wiped out in one fell swoop.
“Mourning, weeping, burials, destitution, destruction, deaths became the hallmark of activities in Southern Kaduna for several months. Southern Kaduna denizens have been turned into orphans, widows and widowers. Poverty, destitution, homelessness and hunger stares us in the face.
“We are not facing imminent humanitarian crisis but we are already experiencing serious humanitarian crisis of very huge proportions.
“In the light of the above, SOKAPU calls on the President to urgently set up interventionist measures akin to a Marshals plan to rebuild, reconstruct, rehabilitate and to restore Southern Kaduna to its pristine position,” the statement reads.
“We believe that funding the rebuilding of destroyed communities will go a long way in returning these ghost towns to some semblance of human living so that the victims can rise up from the ashes of their despair.”