Over one thousand persons were said to have lost their lives in 24 bloody invasions of communities in Southern Kaduna from 2011 to date.
A group of 56 ethnic groups from the area disclosed this when then converged in Gidan Mana in Jaba Local Government Area, ,, of Kaduna state over the weekend to brain stormed over the situation in the area.
The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Bishop Joseph Bagobori, while lending his voice at the gathering, advised every community to be vigilant. He also asked that Southern Kaduna presented a consensus candidate for the gubernatorial primary and major elections expected to hold late this month.
The event which took place at the birthplace of Gen. Martins Luther Agwai (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, was a One Day Summit on Politics and Security, organised by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) attracting all SOKAPU branches from the 36 states of the Federation.
Yero, who was represented, by his Deputy Governor of Kaduna State. Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga reassured the gathering of this administration’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of every citizen of Kaduna state.
President of SOKAPU, Dr. Ephraim Goje, in his opening remarks said: The biggest problem facing the Southern Kaduna today is insecurity, and they have suffered not less than 24 invasions by gunmen whose motive is clearly to annihilate them and via perpetual fear.
“They have so far killed over 1000 and we don’t know when they will stop. Villages have been razed, foodstuff and other valuables lost. All this with unrelenting impunity. The refuges caused by this mayhem are staggering. In Sanga alone, there may be over 100.000 displaced persons.
“The major problem now is that there will be starvation and grass poverty in many of our communities from next year. This is because all the communities attacked, and their adjoining villages did not farm this rainy season. So there will be hunger, unless government and well spirited persons and groups join hands. Also, in these areas, children don’t go to school. There is no any form of economic activities there. That is one of the reasons for this summit.
“We shall also be speaking about politics and how our participation in the 2015 general election should look like”, he said.
Gen. Zamani Lekwot (rtd) and Professor Yusuf Turaki, two of the four delegates from Southern Kaduna to the last National Confab, all spoke on the struggle for creation of the proposed Gurara State, from the present Kaduna State.
Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, in his remarks said, “We are blessed with retired military generals and retired security personnel perhaps more than any group in Nigeria. We must take advantage of this and secure our people.