PRESS STATEMENT FROM SOUTHERN KADUNA PEOPLES IN DIASPORA (SOKAPDA) EUROPE
Ungwan Wakili of Zangon Kataf Local Government and Others Killings
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Southern Kaduna people in diaspora (SOKAPDA) Europe, condemn the recent killings last Saturday, 11th March, 2023 that resulted in the loss of 17 lives and injuries to innocent citizens in Ungwan Wakili and other villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government of Kaduna State.
This is barely 3 months after the mass murder of 38 harmless villagers in Malagum, Kamuru–Ikulu and Abun (Broni Prono) in the same Southern Kaduna on or about 18th December, 2022.
SOKAPDA Europe, finds it difficult to comprehend how human lives seem to have little or no value in Nigeria in general, and Kaduna state in particular. We condemn this wanton killing in its entirety.
These attacks are happening in the middle of elections; given this scenario, one can only assume that this is calculated to destabilise Southern Kaduna during this election period.
There seems to be no empathy from the political leadership of the State, for we have not heard of any statement made by either the state or most of the political actors, by either visiting or indicating support through press releases or otherwise, the curfew notwithstanding.
A couple of days ago, in Lagos, a train accident killed 6 people and this attracted sympathy and the attention of the whole state. Flags were flown half mast and the governor was all over the place. However, 17 people were killed in Kaduna State and as at the time of writing, we have not heard from the state not to talk of a visit by the state leadership. Most of the political parties have shown little support to either the victims or issue a simple statement of condemnation of the killings.
It is essential to hold those who have sworn to protect us to do the needful for we in diaspora are frustrated that in the 21st century, technology like phone tracking, geo orbits satellite, drones and old-fashion spying, etc., have not been fully utilized.
We have been told time and time without number that the best is being done. Those at the receiving end seem not to see all these efforts, for the killings seem to be going on unabated for years.
It is also on record that nobody as far as we know, has taken any responsibility for possible negligence or dereliction of duty or responsibilities, and resigns to demonstrate they hold human lives sacred.
The peaceful Kaduna State that we once knew is no more and we sincerely hope that somewhere within the political class, someone will take security of lives seriously for it is absolutely too tragic that our state has become a killing field.
SOKAPDA will like to take this opportunity to express our sympathy to the families of the souls that were lost during the killings. May their souls rest in peace.
Our hearts remain with all the families that they left behind. It is the only Almighty God that can console them in these challenging periods. Similarly, we sympathise with every individual who has in one way or other been affected negatively by these random killings that seem to have no end in sight. We take exception to others who are keeping quiet in the middle of all these killings. One day some will be called to answer either here or beyond.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Signed by the President Mr Casimir P Biriyok and the Secretary Dr Janet Nale
14th March 2023
End of Statement.