Massive Killings Are On-going Under Your Curfew – Buhari Writes El-Rufai - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Massive Killings Are On-going Under Your Curfew – Buhari Writes El-Rufai

A journalist and prolific writer, Mr Reuben Buhari, has penned an open letter to the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, over the killings of the Southern Kaduna people despite several curfews imposed on the area.
Buhari, a former spokesman of former governor Patrick Yakowa, is one of the people running around to solve the humanitarian crisis created by herdsmen attacks on several Southern Kaduna communities. 

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Residents say the atrocities being meted on the Southern Kaduna people despite several curfew that have been imposed by the state government under el-Rufai are unquantifiable. They added that nothing is being done, as most of the assailants who are caught and handed over to the police are later freed. 

Worried by the consistent killings of locals in Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kachia, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a local governments despite the curfew, journalist Reuben Buhari advised the governor on a better way to stem the carnage. 

“I woke up this Saturday morning to the news that your government had extended the almost two month’s curfew in Zangon Kataf and Kauru LGAs to Jema’a and Kaura LGAs. I have a concern with this sir. 

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“I am not averse to curfew as a short time measure. Its immediacy in restoring calm most often outweighs the pains. But when repeatedly used without yielding the intended result, it becomes counterproductive and calls for more creative strategy. 

“My reasons are these sir: The outbreak of the COVID-19 necessitated a total lockdown in Kaduna state. The goal of the total restriction on human and vehicular movement was to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus ravaging the world. Even interstate travel to and fro the state were banned.  
“But From March 25, 2020, when the lockdown came into effect in Kaduna state, to Friday, May 15, 2020, 16 armed attacks were carried out across 5 LGAs. 

“In the attack, 59 people were killed with about 155 houses burnt down while hundreds were displaced from their villages. 

“Dozens were left with permanent injuries,” Buhari disclosed, stating that under a 24-hour time frame, 29 people were killed from five attacks on four villages of Gonan Rogo, Idanu-Doka, Ungwan Rani-Doka and two attacks on Makyali village in Kajuru LGA. 

“The worst cases of injured survivors with severe machete cuts on their bodies are from these attacks. 

 “The boldness of the attackers and the brazen way the attacks were carried is so sad sir. While the attackers easily moved around, residents of Kaduna could not and those who dare were considered violators of the lockdown, arrested and fined. 

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“More pointedly is the fact that nobody has been arrested for the killing of these 59 people, mostly children, old people and women. From the attack on Labi village on Thursday, March 25, 2020 in Chikun local government where five people were killed to the attack on Makyali village in Kajuru Local government on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, where 11 people were killed, it has been daily tales of pain and destruction under the 24 hour lockdown. 

“Four villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government were attacked between Friday 11 – 12, July 2020 and about 29 people killed. 5 people were killed when Efele Doka village in Kajuru Local Government was attacked on 17th July. Kukum Daji in Kaura Local Government was next on Sunday, 19th July where 18 people were killed, while Gora Gan in Zangon Kataf Local Government got attacked on Monday, 20th July. 10 people were killed. 

“The injured, some critically are on admission at the Zonkwa General Hospitals, Throneroom Hospital, Kafanchan, St Gerald Catholic Hospital and Barau Dikko Specialists Hospital in Kaduna metropolis, all under a 24-hour curfew.

“Now, you have extended the curfew to Kafanchan and Kaura LGAs and a 24 hour one for that. Don’t you think that you need to adopt more creative ways of securing the people? The fact that more people have died under your curfew renders the imposition useless sir. 

“It was under your almost 4 month 24-hour curfew that Goska village was attacked on Christmas Eve in 2016 and so many killed. Other attacks occurred under that curfew and yet you have slammed another curfew now on two more LGAs. 

“My suggestion sir. Instead of curfew, provide security to those areas, reduce your urge to constantly apportion blame to one side in a crisis, treat all citizens of Kaduna state as your own, build confidence in your people to reduce the suspicion, remove disdain in relating to some people, religion, ethnicity and politics shouldn’t be criteria for relationship.
“Most importantly, measure your words always before speaking. The transient nature of everything in the world should make all sober to prepare for tomorrow today,” Buhari said.

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