The apology of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to the people of Igabi and Giwa Local Areas of the state over bandits attack, has been described by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU as a double standard played on the part of the governor.
Governor El-Rufai on Monday apologized to the residents of Igabi and Giwa LGAs of the state over the killing of more than 50 persons.
SOKAPU in a statement released through it National President, Jonathan Asake, noted that the action of El-Rufai is a display of hatred and neglect of Southern Kaduna people who had been under bandits’ attacks.
Asake further stated that the denial of the state government to act on the bandits’ attacks is a plan to
annihilate the people of southern Kaduna.
He further stated that the governor of the state has never visited the region to commiserate with the people of the area of the attacks.
Asake in the statement said, “The prompt response by el-Rufai as demonstrated in his sympathy visit may have portrayed him as a humane leader that is genuinely interested in the welfare of citizens.”
“It is strange that after a series of deadly attacks on communities, mostly in the southern part, he has neither condemned it nor issue a statement on such attacks. Could this present apology be premised on rhetoric calculated at achieving some political agenda, rather than expressing genuine sympathy?”
“Without equivocation, even before the dastardly attacks on Igabi and Giwa villages, several communities in the southern part of the state have been invaded by kidnappers, Fulani herdsmen militia and armed bandits.”
“These attacked communities in Southern Kaduna have become prone to interminable and unprovoked attacks that have led to scores of deaths, abductions and massive destruction of property.”