The state of Kaduna resides in north-western Nigeria. In the past few years, the southern part of Kaduna has experienced multiple violent attacks in which countless lives have been lost, and communities left scattered by armed Fulani herdsmen. During the period May 2016 – September 2017 there have reportedly been 725 people killed, 130 people injured and 12,150 properties destroyed. In July alone, there have been more vicious attacks on people in defenceless communities, often during the night or the early hours of the day, where natives were slaughtered, kidnapped or raped.
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) and Southern and Middle Belt Forum (SMBLF) are urging the Federal Government and international bodies to immediately intervene over the current humanitarian crisis. Some have noted that the government’s response to the humanitarian crisis has been a deafening silence. In a statement released by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu commented that,”The problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds…unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.”
The House of Representatives in Kaduna State reiterated that the 1999 Constitution is based on the principles of freedom, equality and justice, while Section 14(2)(b) provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government and Section 17(2)(b) provides for social order, the sanctity and dignity of the human person shall be protected and preserved by the government. In response to the attacks, the state government has imposed a curfew to limit the violence, enforce the law and protect lives and property. However, amidst a pandemic and the attacks taking place in communities, it’s clear that more drastic measures need to be addressed and enforced by the Federal Government.
There are petitions below to help raise awareness and let the victims and people of Kaduna let their voices be heard to the injustices that have gone on for too long.
Justice For Southern Kaduna, Nigeria petition to the UNITED NATIONS, International Court of Justice:
Stand With Southern Kaduna: