By Afokoghene Ejamorie
The recent violence in Southern Kaduna is the longest on the record, a newly-released report said.
The report, published by SBM Intelligence, a strategic intelligence analysis firm, showed that the current crisis had dragged for much longer than all unrest between 1980 and 2011.
“The current violence has occurred in several separate incidents over a period of time much longer than any other prior incidents”, it said.
For example, the 2011 post-election attacks on Southern Kaduna and other Christians in Zaria Kaduna, Zonkwa and Kafanchan incendiary comments and incitements by political party leaders during the 2011 presidential election.
This crisis was planned and unleashed as a political uprising in 10 northern states, but when they started in Zaria and Kaduna, churches and houses were burnt, the Kafanchan market was burned, pastors and other innocent persons were killed, injured and rendered homeless, generating a reacting for self-defense for which the southern Kaduna people have been castigated vilified, attacked, grievously injured and killed in a systematic campaign of guerrilla night attacks by Fulani and their allies.
Recent reports have shown that the victims of the 2011 post-election attacks in Southern Kaduna are yet to get any consideration from the state and federal governments.
In a recent interview with Pastor Iyede, the former general overseer of the Restoration of the Kingdom Church, which was among the several churches burnt during this crisis, and also with the highest number of casualties reported, the government has completely ignored the plight of these victims who, as a result, has had its sources of livelihood, homes, and loved ones taken away. Pastor Iyede lost his wife during the attack on his home and church in Kaduna, in 2011. Following this attack, several others have been declared missing which led Iyede to flee the North.
The pastor’s words: ‘I still feel unsafe. Most of my colleagues and fellow pastors have gone missing and are nowhere to be found. I have a strong feeling that these Fulanis have their allies all over the country will stop at nothing but to kill, maim and destroy. Since government has done nothing to stop these criminals from 2011 till date, it is obvious that life is not secured any more.”
He pleaded that government should step in and compensate victims of this crisis who are still alive, and give them hope and assurance and, most importantly,security.
*Ejamorie, a political commentator, lives in Delta State