Thousands of wailing villagers, Thursday afternoon, swarmed round 38 coffins bearing the corpses of individuals killed by murderous herdsmen in Madamai and Abum villages within the Kaura native authorities space of Southern Kaduna.
They had been violently killed on Monday, September 27, 2021.
None official of the Kaduna state authorities was current on the emotion-filled funeral.
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But the Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial Zone, Danjuma Laah instructed the villagers that they’re being killed as a result of the federal government has didn’t defend them.
The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan, Diocese Most Rev Julius Yakubu Kundi mentioned additionally famous that the ruling class in Southern Kaduna have betrayed their folks.
These had been revealed to SaharaReporters on Friday in an announcement issued by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat.
The assertion is titled, ‘38 Coffins Of Killed Villagers In Southern Kaduna Stir Anger At Funeral Mass.’
It reads, “The coffins which were brought to the village square of Mallagun, about 6km from Madamai by the Kagoro-Samaru Kataf expressway for a funeral mass, also inspired fiery speeches, as Kaduna State government and even serving government officials that are of Southern Kaduna origin shunned the event.
“It could be recalled that Madamai and its smaller neighbour Abum, came under invasions of armed herdsmen last Sunday, leaving at least 38 people killed, 9 severely injured and 40 homes burnt.
“The first attack on Madamai was on the 15th of August 2021 in which 5 persons were killed and 26 houses burnt. No one has given reasons for the bloody crime.”
Addressing the mourners, Senator Laah, in his message, mentioned it was left for the folks of Southern Kaduna to determine whether or not they wish to go into extinction or not.
“I have witnessed too many mass burials in Southern Kaduna. There was a time we buried 134 people in various mass graves in 2 days. If you still think that there’s going to be a government that is going to defend you . . . well, I am sorry for you.
“This mass was organised for the world to see the form of evil that has been visiting us and now we have been burying our kinsmen silently, simply to await the subsequent mass killings. But this time, the world should see this and bear witness that we’re underneath genocide. If we the leaders communicate in opposition to it, we’re branded haters of peace,” Laah said.
In his speech, Kundi said, “These harmless, poor villagers mendacity in these coffins would haven’t been there for those who, our elites and politicians did what it’s best to do. Because I do know that you’ve the technique of doing it, when you understand that now we have nobody to guard us. But due to greed and lack of foresight, you’ve gotten deserted our folks.”
In his sermon, Fr. Billiyok Joseph Abba, mentioned, “The people that committed this heinous crime against this Christian community may have injured us physically, but our Faith in Jesus Christ remains unshakable.
“They have minimize down the lives of those brethren, however they’ve solely hastened them into martyrdom and immortality with our Maker.
“We must not be moved into the ways of the aggressors, because the anger of our Lord would soon be unleashed on our enemies very soon.”
But the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, Rev. Joseph Hayab, took a different view from Abba.
“We have written sufficient petitions, written too many press statements, organised Press Conferences and held a number of protests. No one seems to learn or see us. The solely time they may hearken to us is that if at some point they enter a village and they’re surrounded and none of them comes out. That day, they may pay attention,” he said to the loud approval of the moaning crowd.
SOKAPU President, Jonathan Asake on his part, said there was a well-designed agenda to chase out natives of Southern Kaduna from their communities and supplant a hostile, foreign one.
“As I stand right here immediately, 104 of our communities in Southern Kaduna have been captured by armed herdsmen and hundreds have been displaced with no consequence to the assailants.
“Our individuals are underneath a transparent genocidal menace and the federal government should be held chargeable for all these massacres.”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state authorities clearly averted the ceremony as not a consultant of the federal government was current. Also, not a single serving authorities official, whether or not elected or appointed from Southern Kaduna was current on the occasion. The caskets had been later laid in a mass grave dug by an excavator at Madamai, amidst extra wailing round 5 pm.