Tackle insecurity, Middle Belt urges Buhari, Govs
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle insecurity plaguing the country, especially the recent crisis that rocked Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna state, leading to the killing of the Agom Adara, His Royal Highness Dr Maiwada Raphael Galadima by his abductors last Friday.
In a press statement signed by the President of the MBF, Dr Bitrus Pogu, the forum recalled that, “From available reports, the hostilities broke out on a Thursday Market Day between native Adara farmers who had taken their farm produce to the market, on the one hand: and some Hausa – Fulani traders, on the other, following a disagreement between some individuals across the two divides. The result of this disagreement led to a fight that saw to the slaughter of over one hundred innocent and defenseless people.”
Recalling the events that led to the abduction of the monarch and his eventual assassination last week as despicable and horrifying, the forum lamented that Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, seems to be incapable of managing the security situation and called on the Federal Government to wade into the matter with a view to taking full control.
According to the press statement, “The MBF is concerned that as anxieties mount across the various parts of the state, there is the likelihood of reactions from other states and call on relevant security agencies to quickly resolve the problem. The MBF is also worried over the inability of security agencies to ensure the safe return of the abducted Agom Adara, His Royal Highness, Dr Maiwada Raphael Galadima, who was abducted on Friday, 19th October, 2018 but whose body was discovered on Friday, 26th October, 2018.”
In a bid to suggest measures to end the tension in the state that has witnessed no fewer than 100 lives lost in the Kasuwan Magani, the MBF called on “President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, immediately empanel an Independent Commission of Enquiry to investigate the causes of the unending killings in Kaduna over time, and the alleged show of partiality by the State Government in tackling the internecine crises, particularly as majority of the people of Southern Kaduna believe that the Governor of Kaduna state has since taken side in the conflict in view of the fact that he had earlier openly confessed to paying a group of foreign Fulani marauders responsible for the killings in Southern Kaduna. The Federal Government should take full control of the situation in Kaduna state in order to avert further breakdown of law and order.
“We call on Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai to rise above partisan politics and govern in with fairness, equity, the fear of God, in the interest of the people of Kaduna state and all the citizens Nigeria. Governor El-Rufai should desist from the divide and rule tactics which he is perceived to have adopted in the handling of the Shiite affair dividing the Muslim Ummah so that he is perceived as a defender of the Sunni sect interest; his visit to the Hausa-Fulani community of Kasuwan Magani and refusal to commiserate with the Adara community is seen part of the divide and rule tactics and should be discontinued.
a. We demand that the imposition and enforcement of the curfew in various towns and locations by the Government should be carried out fairly. So far, the imposition of the curfew on some communities while leaving out some others nearby is perceived as unjust and punitive.
b. We call on the Government to provide succor to those who have been negatively impacted by the disturbance, particularly those who have lost their homes should be provided with relief materials and temporary shelters and medication, among others.
c. The Government should maintain the names, appellations and titles of all traditional institutions in Kaduna state as he met them particularly in Southern Kaduna.
“The MBF has received reports of discriminatory enforcement of the state government-imposed curfew in some parts of Kaduna state, just as we have been inundated with complaints of fake soldiers engaged in killing innocent people in their homes. We condemn these killings and call on the security personnel to act swiftly and ensure that this ugly situation is brought under control quickly”.
Calling on Kaduna people and all citizens to remain calm and not take the law into their hands, the body declared, “We call on all the people of Kaduna state to resist the divide and rule tactics tainted with political motive meant to divide and keep them in perpetual penury and servitude. As a people who it has pleased the Almighty God to bring together, we must unite to fight injustice, poverty, disease, illiteracy and ensure that those who profit from our collective misery are stopped in their tracks.
“While thanking all well-meaning individuals, groups and organisations who have been working tirelessly to provide succor to the victims of this mindless mayhem, we call on all Nigerians to contribute in whatever way they can in solidarity to provide relief to the citizens trapped in Kaduna.”