Nigeria: President blames community for counter killings in Kaduna, North West
In a very bizarre response to another episode of killings in his country, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has blamed a community for counter killings on Tuesday.
Christian Communities making up Addara communities in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna were over ran as always by fulani jihadists frequently terrorising the zone.
The killer group has become a scourge since Buhari, a fulani became president in 2015 leaving trails of killings across the country. They engage in kidnapping and extort ransom but the president often blames communities for denying them land.
Few years ago, an aide on media to the President, Femi Adesina said community should choose giving up ancestral land for new fulani settlement that the Buhari government was making as a state policy or face deaths.
Kaduna is one of the states in North West Nigeria whose Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai is a political associate of the president and a top member of Buhari’s political party, the All Progressive Party, APC.
Speaking through one of his aides on media, Garba Shehu, the President, “Again condemned the wave of attacks and counterattacks on people among the Fulani and Addara communities in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, saying that killing in the name of revenge is wrong.”
Kaduna has seen endless killings often associated with several Islamic fundamentalists and recently bandits who are often not arrested or brought to justice leaving sour taste in the mouth of people.
There is also Boko Haram terrorists killing in the country’s Northern part, with many Nigerians believing the group has also splintered into the North West also wrecking havoc. Although the group has been killing since a decade now and wants an independent state.
A tweet on the president’s statement said, “Reacting to the recent bout of attack and counter attack reported on Tuesday,” Shehu quoted the President as saying, “Killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable,” adding that the recourse to self-help, instead of the law of the land is the real cause of the killings and counter killings between the two communities.”
The tweets sent micro-blogging site, Twitter on overdrive as Nigerians condemned the statement as insensitive and another protectionist stance of the administration.
The problem is that those carrying out these orgy of killings and carnage roam the street freely without justice, often seen by relatives of the deceased, a situation that sapped confidence from Nigerians about the government’s sincerity about curbing the ugly situation.
The President warned that “no person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands” in the short statement.