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.
This 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 were burnt by suspected herdsmen.
The Southern Kaduna elders released a statement yesterday by its chairman, Maj. Gen. Zamani Lekwot and the Secretary, Mr. Peter N. Buba, where they expressed deep concerns about the killing and destruction of property by herdsmen in rural communities in Southern Kaduna.
They said that for centuries 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.
Fulani Herdsmen attacks have been on the increase in Nigeria and in a bid to curb these violent clashes, a bill, sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure, was proposed.
The bill titled “National Grazing Reserve (Establishment) Bill 2016”, will provide for the establishment of the National Grazing Reserve Commission which shall have power to, among other things, establish at least one Cattle Reserve in each state of the federation.
But the bill has been kicked against by many who believe that the decision is ill-advised, against the land use act and overriding public interest.