Southern Kaduna Killings: Buhari’s Disturbing Silence

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence over the on-going killings in Southern Kaduna over the last few weeks as an official endorsement of the dastardly and ungodly acts.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, recently, CAN’s National General Secretary, Rev (Dr) Musa Asake, described the recent defence by Buhari’s special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, that he (Buhari) had received briefing from the Kaduna State governor over the matter, as unacceptable.
Asake had said, ‘The presidency knows that the people of the affected area had already protested against the governor’s unacceptable biased handling of the continuous killings.
‘While we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for waging war against Boko Haram fundamentalists since his assumption of office, his silence over the on-going genocide in the last few weeks speaks volumes over the perceived official endorsement of the dastardly and ungodly acts.
‘The current unprecedented onslaught against Christians in Southern Kaduna by the Islamic fundamentalists disguising as Fulani herdsmen under the watch of Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, and President Muhammadu Buhari, has reached an alarming stage.’
The CAN scribe, who called for a review of appointment of security chiefs to ensure a balance of Muslim and Christian representation, said the association had earlier flayed the imbalance in the appointments.
This is even as the association made good its decision to declare last Sunday, January 8, as a national day of mourning by Christians over the Southern Kaduna killings.
In Port-Harcourt, last Sunday, Christians staged a protest as they marched to Government House to hand their protest letter to Gov Wike. They were all dressed in black in honour of the dead victims. Similar actions were replicated in other places by members of CAN.
We share the view of CAN that the silence of the federal government of Muhamadu Buhari is the main reason why the killings have continued. Such silence has been probably seen as an endorsement of their dastardly act.
We also dare say that the continued killings is a huge embarrassment to the nation and the federal government. The current situation has yet again shown how lowly the federal government values life, especially if those lives are not from a favoured section of the country or if they do not belong to a favoured faith. This is indeed very bad.
It is even worse when it is considered that this is not the first time the federal government has displayed such insensitivity. Its silence on the attacks of Fulani herdsmen on hapless communities across the country has not been forgotten. It is indeed as if the Buhari administration is waging a war against some sections of the country along religious and ethnic lines.
This is the first time in recent years that Nigerians have been acutely made aware of their religious and ethnic differences by the federal government. Buhari is only confirming the worst fears expressed by sections of the country about him during the last electioneering. The open display of partiality by his administration is alarming and the consequences can only be imagined.
We therefore call on the Buhari administration to retrace its steps and realize that the country belongs to all religions groups and ethnic nationalities. Human life should be valued and protected, no matter the area or religion involved.
Buhari’s administration has not done enough to convince some sections of the country that they belong to this entity called Nigeria. If anything, its body language daily makes those sections see the country as a contraption.
We call for an immediate end to the mindless killing of Christians in Southern Zaria which is dominated by Christians. Anything short of an immediate end to the killings, apprehension and prosecution of the culprits and payment of adequate compensation to victims, will further alienate aggrieved sections of the country from the Buhari government.
We wish the souls of the victims a peaceful repose in the bosom of the Lord.

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