Members of the minority caucus in the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Friday blamed Federal and State governments for failing to contain the recurring attacks and killings at Southern part of Kaduna State.
The lawmakers ,who expressed displeasure over the spate of attacks and killings of their kinsmen during a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, Kaduna said since the inception of Governor Nasir El-Rufai led administration in 2015, Southern Kaduna has not known peace as a result of incessant attacks by armed militia with the resultant consequences of loss of lives and properties.
According to them , the government approach encouraged the attackers to feel justified to continue with the attacks.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Hon. Emmanuel Bako Kantiok also explained that the justification of the attacks on Southern Kaduna by Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu is uncalled for.
While speaking, the lawmaker said, it is evident from the press statement of the President’s media aide that there was no attempt to condemn the attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna or was there any attempt even pretentious to commiserate with the bereaved.
He decried the silent and in-action of the Kaduna state government in the recent attacks on Kajuru, Kaura and Zango-Kataf local government area.
” As elected representatives of the people, we are worried that these attacks, massacre and destruction of properties particularly in Southern Kaduna are unabating and we have a responsibility to remind the Government to live up to its responsibilities,” the group said.
The Southern Kaduna lawmakers therefore called on both the State and Federal Government to acknowledge that life of Nigerians and that Southern Kaduna matters.
While calling on the attackers to stop justifying the attacks on the guise of reprisals, the lawmakers urged the governments to rise to its responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of the people of Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and the country at large to avoid a descent to anarchy.