ABUJA-A security analyst and retired Nigerian Army officer,Col. Anthony Nyiam,has faulted the statement credited to the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, OPSH,Major General Chukwuma Okonkwo, to the effect that the renewed killings in Southern Kaduna was a reprisal attacks.
Nyiam,in a statement he forwarded to Vanguard,Sunday, said the OPSH Commander’s assertion was “too premature.”
” Isn’t it too premature for the commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chukwuma Okonkwo to in a few days’ preliminary appreciation of the crisis,come to the conclusion that the Southern Kaduna crisis is not ethnic cleansing?” He asked in the statement.
“What historical antecedents guided the General?” The retired Nigerian Army officer further asked.
According to him,”The kind of premature conclusion he ( Major General Chukwuma) made in the government state house whose main occupant is perceived to be siding with his kins folks portrays the commander as not being neutral or a willing tool of some land grabbers.”
Recall that while addressing a press conference after the high level security meeting which held at the Council Chambers of Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday, last week,General Okonkwo had described the killings in Southern Kaduna as the activities of criminal elements on both sides and not ethnic cleansing as it is being claimed.
“What we have were attacks on some communities and reprisal attacks,” he reportedly said.
“The reports are not balanced. Perhaps, most of the media houses don’t know, both sides are actually involved.’’
‘’You have Kataf youths, Fulani militias and the criminal elements of both sides. Some people are also leveraging on the security situation to perpetuate their criminal activities, aside communities involved in the crisis,’’ the OPSH commander was quoted as saying at the media conference.