PDP caucus needs lasting peace in Southern Kaduna
From Mustapha Saye, Kaduna
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minority Caucus in Kaduna State House of Assembly has appealed to Federal and Kaduna state governments to bring lasting peace in the Southern part of the state.
The caucus expressed displeasure over the spate of attacks and killings in the area.
Briefing newsmen recently in Kaduna, the lawmakers, who are indigenous people of the area, appealed to the governments to rise to their responsibilities of protecting lives and property.
Mr. Emmanuel Bako Kantiok, who spoke on behalf of the group, said a statement credited to an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, where he was quoted as saying the crisis in Southern Kaduna was complicated, was unwarranted.
The lawmakers decried the silence and in-action of the state government in the recent attacks on Kajuru, Kaura and Zango-Kataf Local Government Areas.
“As elected representatives of the people, we are worried that these attacks, massacres and destructions 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.
“If we can recall for long time of period, Southern Kaduna experienced social disharmony and unrest within the tribal groups and hundred of lives lost and properties, including farm products and animals worth millions of Naira destroyed and series of protests among youths group had been staged with a view to expressing their anger,” the lawmakers stated.
They have also blamed governments both at national and state levels for their non-challant attitude with regards to protection of the lives of Southern Kaduna people.