The Fulani herdsman have caused unprecedented destruction in Kaduna this month, killing over 50 people in the peaceful community that has striven to live in peace with the Fulani herdsmen. We pray for peace in Kaduna and for the many people who have lost loved ones and their homes and are now displaced.
10/31/2016 Nigeria (This Day ) – The Southern Kaduna Elders Consultative Forum (SKECF) has called on both the Kaduna and the federal governments to urgently intervene to put an end to the ongoing genocide in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
The call came following the killing of seven people in yet another attack in four villages, of Pasakori, Mile One, Misisi and Tudun-Wada, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The latest attack came barely two weeks after the Godogodo massacre in which 40 people were killed and several houses burnt by suspected herdsmen.
The Southern Kaduna elders in a statement yesterday by its chairman, Maj. Gen. Zamani Lekwot and the Secretary, Mr. Peter N. Buba said they were deeply concerned about the killing and destruction of property by herdsmen in rural communities in Southern Kaduna.
They noted that “for centuries our Southern Kaduna communities had lived in peace with the Fulani herdsmen”, wondering why the herdsmen had abandoned such age long beneficial relationship.
The elders therefore urged the authorities to take urgent steps to bring an end to the mindless killings and destructions going on in the area.
In the statement titled “Enough of this genocide in Southern Kaduna” the elders noted that, “Our forefathers and we the current generation have lived a symbiotic life with Fulani herdsmen who have depended on their host communities for the provision of basic needs such as grains, shelter and indeed, husks from the harvest which have provided fodder for their animals.
“The sudden turn of events where herdsmen have abandoned this long mutually-beneficial relationship, by taken up arms against their host communities is giving us a serious cause for concern.