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Press Statement From Senator Danjuma Tella Laah
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Press Statement From Senator Danjuma Tella Laah

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TVC N. Gentlemen of the Press, As the Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial Zone, I hereby wish to make 

my assertion, and indeed, views and position of my constituency on some very vexing and serious utterances made by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state as it concerns the survival and wellbeing of Southern Kaduna.

This is from the outcome of Newspapers’ and online captions quoting Governor Nasir el-Rufai as saying that he has had to trace some of the murderous Fulani herdsmen that have been killing defenceless, innocent Southern Kaduna natives and destroying their villages.

The news sources said that after tracing them, he told them that he was also a Fulani man and paid them sums of money to stop the massacre, burning and tearing down of scores of communities in Southern Kaduna.

That not done with, the governor also uttered a very bizarre threat that he has compiled for arrest and prosecution, names of persons asking the people of Southern Kaduna to defend themselves against the obvious inability of the Chief Security Officer of the state – Governor Nasir El-Rufai – to secure their lives and property and save them the trauma of being under perpetual fear of further unprovoked violence.

Knowing how swiftly he reacts to any untoward issue unfairly thrown at him in the
media, I have waited for days to hear or read a rebuttal from him but to no avail.
This therefore confirms these unfortunate utterances as truly that of the governor
of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.

I wish to state that these statements are not only unfortunate, callous,
insensitive, crude and demeaning of his office and intelligence, it throws him up as
a bigot and hatter of Southern Kaduna and we are holding him as an accomplice in the
ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna.

According to the Leadership Newspaper of 4th December, 2016 under the headline:
“Foreigners Behind Southern Kaduna Massacre – El-Rufai, he was quoted as saying
about what happened during the 2011 post presidential election violence:

“Some of them (Killer Fulani) were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal,”
adding that “Many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised
themselves and came back to revenge. We took certain steps. We got a group of people
that were going round trying to trace some of these people, trying to trace some of
these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new
governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives
lost and he is begging you to stop the killing .

“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have
forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they
have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said
no problem, some we paid.”

What a startling and an unacceptable revelation!

In the light of the above I wish to state as follows:

That there was never in a time in 2011 that Fulani from Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon,
Mali and Senegal were killed in Southern Kaduna with their cattle. This is a silly
and an absurd lie. Southern Kaduna is not a junction of these countries. So how
could they have all converged on Southern Kaduna on their usual migration back home?
The Governor just invented this lie to make excuse for his imported murderous Fulani
kindred to continue their extermination of our people and the occupation of our
lands.
As the main political leader and representative of Southern Kaduna at the Federal
level, despite many overtures of trying to meet with the governor over the
insecurity in my zone with no success, he has never deem it fit to inform me of
these actions so as to seek my views and that of my constituency over the matter.
This is a very curious development, especially as I was able to make the Senate to
pass a resolution asking the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency on
Security in Southern Kaduna last month. I expected him to cash on that, using his
connection with the President and Commander-in-Chief. But, he was obviously not
concerned.
In the light of the above, the Federal Government, especially the Nigeria
Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Directorate of State Services, SSS, the Directorate
of Military Intelligence, DMI and sundry agencies should look no further for the
solution to the unrelenting killings in Southern Kaduna.

El-Rufai must be held to
produce the killers of innocent Nigerians since he has been able to identify them
and their locations. This will lead to their sponsors in Nigeria and other places.
Nigeria should then use its diplomatic relationship and extradite these murderers of
its citizens, plunderers and arsonists to face justice in Nigeria.
After Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s term in office, it should be possible to prosecute
him for being an accessory to mass murder, since he has refused to reveal these
findings to the rightful authority for actions to stop the evil that is spreading to
many states today.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai should also state how much of Kaduna State scarce resources
have been moved to these killers and whether he has the authority of the law to so
spend the money on enemies of Southern Kaduna and Nigeria.
El-Rufai should also be investigated to find out if these moneys were not further
put into the buying of more arms and the recruitments of more killers, who we
strongly believe, are also jihadists.
Though he has ferried much undisclosed amounts of money to murderers, I am pleading
with Kaduna State indigenes and residents to ask why he has stubbornly refused to
render basic assistance of rebuilding of even a home, or any form of monetary
assistance to the surviving victims in Southern Kaduna. Most are still left without
food and shelter despite the modest assistance that some of us, churches, NGOs etc
have continued to render from time to time.
I am constrain to add that Nasir el-Rufai with his lack of will to show commitment
to the insecurity in Southern Kaduna, and his resolve to carry on with over six
Cattle Grazing Reserves in Southern Kaduna, he is actually creating new, permanent
“conquered” settlements for his Fulani kinsmen. I said this because his Fulani
brothers have killed people and chased them out from their communities and are now
fully settled with their families and cattle in several villages in Kaura, Sanga
and Jema’a Local Government Areas, while the governor turns his eyes the other way
round.
My conviction on this is based on the findings that the State government was able to
wage a concerted war against cattle thieves and bandits in the expansive forests and
hills of Birnin Gwari environs and easily succumbed the criminals, but has refused
to extend even a fraction of that effort to save precious human lives and human
communities in Southern Kaduna. The simple reason is that just as it is in the
interest of law abiding Fulani to recover their cattle and goats in Birnin Gwari
from same rogue Fulani, it is also in the interest of Fulani to leave our damaged
and, yet to be ruined communities, weak and helpless for them to easily take over.
I hinged my believe on the above based on threat the governor gave against Southern
Kaduna trying to defend itself from the unprovoked aggression. He said in that
story:

“There are people that are sending a message, defend yourselves. We will get them.
Defend yourself is hate speech. You can’t defend yourself if there is a government.
We are going to arrest and prosecute all those that pass that message.”

To me, this is very strange and ridiculous. But it is also pregnant with meanings.
Why is the governor saying that Southern Kaduna should not deploy self-defence when
El-Rufai’s Fulani marauders come hacking them down and burning their communities
with the governor unable to tame his brothers?

In what way will it benefit Southern Kaduna if it does not defend itself and it’s
population killed, survivors sent out as refugees? Because it is clear that instead
of El-Rufai stopping the carnage, it seems to be rising the more since he has gone
to give them money. It is only the Fulani that will gain, of course! That is the
meaning. It cannot be that Nasir el-Rufai is unaware that section Chapter VII,
Article 51 of the Human Right Charter of the United Nations and Section 33(2) of
the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has affirmed self-defence as a Human Right.

I see this as a threat to scarce Southern Kaduna from standing up to the his Fulani
killer brothers.

Based on this, I call Governor Nasir el-Rufai to first arrest me.

Because I am calling on Southern Kaduna, once more to use every available legitimate
means to defend their lives, property and communities. History will not forgive our
generation if we succumb to threats and blackmail and fail to defend ourselves and
get wiped out. As the Senator of the beleaguered area, I cannot support that we
become sitting ducks each time they come killing. Again, if El-Rufai will not defend
us, let us defend ourselves.
Selective punishment

On the 15th of August 2016, Dr. Haruna Usman, Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association said, as revealed in several news
publication the next day, that the mindless killings and destruction of Ninte
village, near Godogodo in Jema’a LGA was carried out by his members in what he said
was reprisal against the murder of a Fulani ardo in the village.

Again, on the 7th of November 2016, Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed (Wanban Jema’a) of
Jema’a Foundation; Ahmad M. Yandeh, of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association and
Abdullhamid Musa, Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Zone III addressed a press
conference in Kaduna and again, said that it was Fulani that have been carrying out
the bloodshed and arson in Southern Kaduna. They said they were defending
themselves. The killings of infants; pregnant women; the burning to ashes children
and women and very aged people; the burning down of entire villages; the burning of
churches; the stealing of livestock, looting and burning of food and crops on
farmlands; the further occupation of the villages, all as “ self defence.” The
Fulani chieftains are walking free and the killings are ongoing.

But, when the 85 year old traditional ruler of in Misisi village, in Kaninkon
Chiefdom, in Jema’a LGA, John Zogo was killed by Fulani armed men with six others
during a phony meeting with soldiers, instead of a Fulani ardo to be held to account
for the killings, it was the district head of late baba Zogo, the District Head of
Goska, Mr Moses Barde that was arrested and detained illegally for weeks by the
police in Kaduna.

Mr Moses Barde is just one of several other southern Kaduna men held on trump up
charges after their communities have been ravaged, while the armed Fulani armed men
continue to freely prowled over our communities. This scale of injustice is rear
anywhere in the world.

Conclusion:

I call on all Southern Kaduna natives, all Hausa and Fulani of our area who are
genuinely interested in peace to forget about political, tribal and religious
leanings and come together in prayers and for genuine dialogue amongst ourselves as
the last option left for peace and security in Southern Kaduna.

I want to add that my colleague and I in the National Assembly will continue to do
our best to secure Federal assistance to add to what we are doing at home against
this evil.

However, as it has become manifest through the utterances, actions and inactions of
Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Southern Kaduna must prepare to defend itself using every
possible means of defence that is lawful against killer Fulani who are now on the
loose more than ever, even as we search for solutions to this heinous crime against
our land.

Thank you, gentlemen.

Sign: Senator Danjuma Tella Laah,

(PDP, Kaduna South Senatorial District)

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