…Says security challenges are ploys to bring about demographic restructuring
By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Adara Development Association, (ADA), has accused Fulani of the various killings perpetrated against its people in Kaduna and Niger State communities.
A statement signed by ADA National President, Awemi Dio Maisamari, made available to the media in Kaduna on Wednesday, said the various incidents of attacks and killings perpetrated against its kinsmen were done by armed Fulani militia and not bandits as continuously portrayed and projected by the Nigerian media.
The statement also lamented that the preventable security challenges are deliberate efforts to inflict terror; deprivation; impoverishment; social, religious and economic destabilization and displacement of indigenous populations to bring about demographic restructuring.
According to the statement, these are to ultimately pave the way for full Fulani elite imperialist hegemony being surreptitiously orchestrated by government.
“For several weeks now, Adara communities in Kaduna state as well as those in Niger State have continued to suffer severe violence in the hands of armed Fulani militia, who the press has chosen to window dress as ‘bandits’ and ‘kidnappers.’
“For the records, between October and December 2020, kidnappings sometimes accompanied by killings had become a weekly and sometimes a daily activity. Within this period, 44 persons were abducted from these communities and tens of millions of Naira paid in ransom while six persons were killed.
“From January 2021 to date, there has been a further escalation. The biggest attack was on 24th January when the terrorists sacked 9 villages and killed two persons in Adara and Gbagyi communities of Paikoro and Munya LGAs of Niger state.
“The displaced persons lost all their belongings and are now squatting with relations in the absence of any government relief, sympathy or mere solidarity visits.
“In the latest incident, the terrorists descended again on the peaceful Adara Village of Kujeni in Kajuru LGA on Saturday 6/2/2021, burnt down all houses and killed five persons in a senseless orgy of unprovoked violence.
“Consequently, the above settlements have joined the infamous long list of displaced and or occupied villages”, it stated.
The modes of operations of the invaders, ADA noted “are becoming more open, undisguised and more confident because it is clear even to government that the killers are on top of their game.
“In all these incidences and many others, surviving victims affirm that the perpetrators are Fulani. And at last, Governor El-rufai and others have belatedly owned up to this wornout truth. Therefore, the pertinent questions are no longer who or how but why?
“The sight of lawless gun trotting Fulani teenagers has now become the new normal in Kaduna and other states. Peasant farmers can only teal their farms or harvest their crops at the pleasure of Fulani occupiers.
“The entire Adara community in particular and Southern Kaduna in general are practical examples of communities that have been earmarked for humiliation and dispossession,” the statement stated.