By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Minority Caucus members in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, on Friday, July 24, 2020 blamed the Federal and State Governments for failing to contained the recurring attacks in Southern part of Kaduna.
The lawmakers, who expressed displeasure over the spate of attacks and killings of their kinsmen during a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, Kaduna said it is on record since the inception of Governor Nasir El-Rufai led administration in 2015, Southern Kaduna has not known peace as a result of incessant attacks by armed militia with the resultant consequences of loss of lives and property.
According to them, the approach of the government encouraged the attackers to feel justified to continue with the attacks.
Speaking on behalf of the Caucus, Hon. Emmanuel Bako Kantiok, Minority Leader representing Zonkwa, said the justification of the attacks on Southern Kaduna by Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu is uncalled for.
The lawmaker said, it is evident from the press statement of the President’s media aide that there was no attempt to condemn the attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna or was there any attempt even pretentious to commiserate with the bereaved, injured and those who lost their property due to no fault of theirs.
He decried the silent and in-action of the Kaduna state government in the recent attacks on Kajuru, Kaura and Zango-Kataf Local Government Areas, describing it as worrisome.
“As elected representatives of the people, we are worried that these attacks, massacre and destruction of property particularly in Southern Kaduna are unabating and we have a responsibility to remind the Government to live up to its responsibilities,” the group said.
The Southern Kaduna lawmakers therefore called on both the State and Federal Governments to acknowledge that life of Nigerians and that of Southern Kaduna matters.
While calling on the attackers to stop justifying the attacks on the guise of reprisals, the lawmakers urged the governments to rise to its responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the people of Southern Kaduna, Kaduna Stage and the country at large to avoid a descent to anarchy.
“We equally call on the people of Southern Kaduna to remain vigilant, calm, law abiding and avoid taking the laws into their own hands. Every citizens has a responsibility to cooperate with the law enforcement agents and to provide information and report any suspected miscreant,” the group stated.