Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, Reverend John Joseph Hayab has faulted the position of the federal government on the crisis and killings in Kaduna State particularly in Southern Kaduna, stressing that twisting the facts is certainly not a way out.
In a statement personally signed by him, he noted that in the past weeks, there had been reports of killings, especially in the southern part of Kaduna State with the most recent massacres at Kukum Daji and Gora Gan, resulting to 33 deaths, aside from the scores who are in hospitals receiving treatment from various degrees of gunshots.
According to him, “instead of the Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria stepping in to find a lasting solution, it is unfortunate that
it has resorted to twisting the truths.
“One of the twists is the provocative claims credited to the Senior
Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to the President of Nigeria, Mr
Garba Shehu on the 21st July 2020 that ‘the problem in Southern Kaduna
is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge
killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.’
“As if the above misconception is not enough, Shehu Garba further
misinformed Nigerians and the international community that ‘Southern
Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the Army,
Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance
aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the
ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.’
“Were it to be true that the southern part of Kaduna enjoys security
surveillance as claimed as by Mallam Garba Shehu, where were the
security personnel when people were attacked in Atyap and Chawai
Chiefdoms during the state’s imposed curfew and the fresh attacks at
Kukum Daji in Kagoro Chiefdom as well as at Gora Gan in Atyap Chiefdom?
“Consequently, CAN Kaduna State Chapter as a body finds the statement
by Shehu Garba unwarranted and views it as a misdirected attempt
towards giving a dog a bad name to hang it.
“The position of CAN is that the killings of innocent lives, maiming
and destruction of lives and property across the nation, particularly
the fresh attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State, have reached
an extraordinary height and are a matter of grave concern, hence,
require that the FG takes a proactive approach instead of taking
He said CAN is worried that instead of federal and state governments to
do everything in their power to address this evil they are busy twisting
facts to make the situation worse.
Rev. Hayab reiterated that CAN believes that the government needs to
apply the principle of justice for all in addressing this and other
conflicts bedevilling our country, adding that this principle will ensure that all
citizens are treated equally. He said the government should not expect CAN to
be silent, and watch more lives being wasted by some militia groups.
“Moreover, the government must not attempt to twist the facts to make
a serious matter look like a drama. The government’s attitude simply
assists criminals killing innocent citizens to be viewed as the victims.
“Aside from the degree of endless destruction of lives and property
and government’s complicit response, CAN wish to unequivocally assert
that the government has not done enough to stop the never-ending
attacks nor has it demonstrated guaranteeing steps to arrest the
“Besides, the government’s posture, evidenced in Shehu Garba’s 21st
July 2020 release, is an indictment on the government at all levels,
considering that its fundamental duty is the protection of the lives
and property of all citizenry and not only a section,” he said.
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