By Israel Bulus –
Former Minister of Aviation and social commentator, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), has said that Nigeria has turned its back on the people of Southern Kaduna, whom he said are suffering from ‘unbelievable wickedness’ of herdsmen violence.
FFK stated this in Abuja, when the newly elected President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Hon. Jonathan Asake and his exco paid him a courtesy visit.
“Southern Kaduna is undergoing very terrible things under herdsmen terrorists. Some of the wickedness your people are enduring are unbelievable,” a statement issued by the SOKAPU National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Luka Binniyat, quoted FFK as saying.
“It is a shame that Nigeria has turned it’s back on Southern Kaduna. I know that if a small amount of the terror you are going through should happen in some parts of Nigeria, the reaction will be severe. Because you have the population and the means.
“And that’s why I have tremendous respect for your people. You uphold to strong Christian values and have refused to be dragged into beastly reactions. I encourage you to remain steadfast, seek for justice and remain prayerful,” he told his visitors.
FFK said he will always remain a friend of Southern Kaduna and will always speak against injustice and suppression against the people everywhere such evil exists.
“This is a calling I have dedicated my life to,” FFK said while congratulating Asake over his emergence as the SOKAPU National President.
The former Minister expressed optimism that the former House of Representatives member will lead SOKAPU with the commitment, creativity and honesty he had always known him for.
Earlier, Asake said he had come to thank FFK for his courage in speaking truth to power and for being a friend of Southern Kaduna in words and deeds.
He told his host that Southern Kaduna was still under siege by armed herdsmen who had been killing peaceful, law abiding natives in their communities, looting the villages and kidnapping some for ransom.
“As we are here to see you, there are several communities that had to flee for safety with men, women and children living with single cloths they have on their bodies as the only thing they could rescue.
“The are starving in displace camps, though, some are living on the margins with relatives in safer areas. Armed herdsmen have taken over their villages and are grazing their animals on their crops especially in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA),” he said.
“The indifference of our government to such a huge pervasive crime and the humanitarian crisis in Chikun and Birnin Gwari LGA should attract the attention of the world.
“We believe that there is an agenda to uproot our Christian population in these communities and replace them with herdsmen,” Asake said.
“SOKAPU believes that under the current arrangement, ethnic nationalities of Nigeria cannot be guaranteed equality before the law, safety and security and equal access to resources. Only a restructured Nigeria can guarantee these.
“We therefore want to assure our all partners in this project that Southern Kaduna is ready for a renegotiated Nigeria,”Asake added.