…Appeals to Gov El-Rufai to assist victims
Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners, (SOKIPEP) has commended President Muhamadu Buhari, the Chief of Defence Staff and the service chiefs for deployment of Special Forces to Southern Kaduna.
The advocacy group also expressed gratitude to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) the internal security military outfit in the area for holding mediation talks between warring factions, saying the development had restored peace and harmony among locals.
The board and management of the group, in a statement on Sunday, appealed to the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to as a matter of urgency intervene in the plight of the victims by not only paying for their hospital bills but also sending relief materials as well as shelters for the displaced.
In the statement, signed by its National Coordinator, Rev. Dauda Fadia, said the action of the President and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in sending special forces to the crisis area and the various meetings with stakeholders, indicate that they have listening ears and desire peace in southern Kaduna.
SOKIPEP said it was particularly grateful to Operation Safe Haven which it noted, went further in its efforts at restoring peace by engaging warring factions in peace talks, a development it said, had brought peace and harmony among locals.
Describing the OPSH’s action as “impressive”, the group, in the statement titled:” We are impressed with the Military Operation in Southern Kaduna “,insisted that the peace that once eluded us in the area is returning.
The full statement read:”We, the entire Board, Management and Volunteers of Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners (SOKIPEP) wish to strongly commend President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Of Army Staff and the Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) for the deployment of Special Forces to reinforce the security agencies in Southern Kaduna in response to the cry of Nigerians.
“This goes to show that they are not bias and are sensitive to the plight of our people. We commend them for their tireless efforts in seeing that Southern Kaduna is peaceful and life returning back to normal. This effort, within this short period, had paid off. We are seeing results worthy of commendation.
“If efforts of this nature were initiated towards all the previous crises in our area in the past, we don’t think we would have had any recurrence. We strongly commend them, and as an organization, we will continue to support them.
“Our position is a reflection of incontrovertible facts on ground in the entire chiefdoms and villages we visited in Jema’a, Zango Kataf, Kaura and Sanga local governments during our peace appraisal tour. The villagers now have confidence in the military because of their friendly posture and quick response to threats which was a sharp departure from the past.
“We are very very happy that our people are now beginning to go back to their farms and normal business. They now live without fear of attacks, because the military men are strategically positioned in the hinterlands, forests and unimaginable places, where the attackers normally used to attack us.
We appeal to all groups in Southern Kaduna, including our clergy brothers to stop inciting the people by making unverifiable and inflammatory statements. “As men of God of different faiths, we must preach peace and pursue same at all times.”
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