After the genocidal killings of Southern Kaduna people in Godogodo by “unknown known” gunmen, the governor of Kaduna State Mr. Nasir El Rufai, shifted the weekly state security council meeting to Southern Kaduna.
The All Progressives Congress’ urchins, the regime apparatchiks, regimes propaganda team, and some Southern Kaduna APC footsoldiers tried using that as a sign of government’s concern and seriousness in nip-budding the raging genocide in Southern Kaduna. I, and, I guess, millions of others, think otherwise.
Holding such and allied meetings isn’t a guarantee that words and emotions openly displayed are normally backed by concrete actions.
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know”. – Donald Rumsfeld
Lest Mr. El Rufai’s blind followers and APC diehards forget, on April 6, 2016 the Kaduna governor declared that he has practically stopped the killings in that part of the state while chatting with some docile and conspiratorial Channels TV Sunrise interviewers.
As El Rufai’s apologists and APCist were sweating to make us accept their amateurish propaganda, the unknown known gunmen staged another dastardly act in the same environ. The incidence sealed their mouths and stiffened their fingers – no more flapping of deceitful jaws and punching of keypad in aspiration to spreading falsehood.
However, I refused to believe that El Rufai, the self proclaimed Mr. Fix-It can’t breast up to this challenge. A while ago, we saw how he partnered with some neighbouring governors and solved the problem of cattle rustler in the northern part of the state.
I call on the Kaduna governor to use the same strategy by partnering with governors of Nasarawa, Plateau, Bauchi, Niger, and FCT Minister and fashion a strategy to quench this systematic genocide perpetrated by “foreign mercenaries” in league with their local comrades in genocide.
All the photos showing El Rufai and his Kaduna based team trending in old and new media listening to accounts of survivors and visitations to the scene do not add up.
We want results, nothing more, nothing less.
The first duty of any government is the protection of lives and property of those under its care. And when a government consciously or otherwise failed to live up to that traditional responsibility, that government is not worth existing for a second more. Surely, the government has no legitimacy to continue to lead a people.
We don’t give a damn about the venue(s) of state security council meetings, let them even take place in the outer-space, all we want is results.
Dear Governor, will you please stop this genocide in Southern Kaduna! Period.
John Danfulani, Ph.D., is a university lecturer at Kaduna State University and human rights activist. He can be reached by email HERE.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.