The President of Alaigbo Development Forum (ADF) Mr. Uzodinma Nwala and Senator Danjuma Tella Laah, representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, have asked the National Assembly to mandate a National Commission of Inquiry to investigate Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai’s revelations that the “Fulani herdsmen who are killing Nigerians are from other West African States.”
They added that the proposed commission should also probe the full range of the Fulani invasion and other activities in Nigeria.
Nwala, said: “The revelation by Governor El-Rufai that the Fulani from other West African States have been on the prowl in the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the most serious information on the dangers of the ongoing series of intimidation, annihilation, genocidal massacre, rape, targeted at other ethnic nationalities and the Christian communities, with Ndigbo as the prime target.
“The public outcry of Senator Danjuma Tella Laah in a recent press conference with its chilling account of what the people of Southern Kaduna are going through is another cry unto the heavens. But it is another cry on behalf of all the victims. His charge to his people of Southern Kaduna State to use all available and justifiable means to defend themselves is also the most sane charge to all victims to take their destiny into their own hands.
“Nothing could be more disdainful, arrogant and insensitive than what El-Rufai said he had done to appease his Fulani kinsmen. ADF and other patriotic groups in Alaigbo and the rest of Nigeria should call on our legislators to join their colleagues from all the affected zones to demand a National Commission of Inquiry into El-Rufai’s revelations and the full range of the Fulani invasion and other activities in Nigeria,” Nwala said.
In his comment, Senator Laah said: “I wish to make my assertion, and views and position of my constituency on some very vexing and serious utterances made by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State as it concerns the survival and wellbeing of Southern Kaduna.
“Newspapers and online captions quoted Governor Nasir el-Rufai as saying that he has had to trace some of the murderous Fulani herdsmen that have been killing defenceless, innocent Southern Kaduna natives and destroying their villages. The news sources said that after tracing them, he told them that he was also a Fulani man and paid them sums of money to stop the massacre, burning and tearing down of scores of communities in Southern Kaduna.
“That not done with, the governor also uttered a very bizarre threat that he has compiled for arrest and prosecution, names of persons asking the people of Southern Kaduna to defend themselves against the obvious inability of the Chief Security Officer of the state- Governor Nasir El-Rufai – to secure their life and property and save them the trauma of being under perpetual fear of further unprovoked violence.
“Knowing how swiftly he (El-Rufai) reacts to any untoward issue unfairly thrown at him in the media, I have waited for days to hear or read a rebuttal from him but to no avail. This therefore confirms these unfortunate utterances as truly that of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
“I wish to state that these statements are not only unfortunate, callous, insensitive, crude and demeaning of his office and intelligence, it throws him up as a bigot and hater of Southern Kaduna and we are holding him as an accomplice in the ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna.”
The Senator added, “That there was never in a time in 2011 that Fulani from Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal were killed in Southern Kaduna with their cattle. This is a silly and an absurd lie. Southern Kaduna is not a junction of these countries. So how could they have all converged on Southern Kaduna on their usual migration back home?
“The governor just invented this lie to make excuse for his imported murderous Fulani kindred to continue their extermination of our people and the occupation of our lands.
“In the light of the above, the Federal Government, especially the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Directorate of State Services (DSS), the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and sundry agencies should look no further for the solution to the relentless killings in Southern Kaduna. El-Rufai must be held to produce the killers of innocent Nigerians since he has been able to identify them and their locations,” Senator Laah said.
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