Group castigates El-Rufai for terrorists’ belated alarm

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has reprimanded Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for belatedly sounding the alarm on terrorist activities in the state, in a memo. leaked service addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group expressed dismay and disbelief at the governor’s alarm, saying the insecurity in the state caused by the terrorists’ activities was the result of “embarrassing failures of leadership” by Governor el- Rufai.
SOKAPU therefore said that instead of raising the alarm, el-Rufai should redirect its strong and often misguided political will to prioritize the safety and well-being of the people of Kaduna State in order to stem the wave of insecurity.
The Tide source reported that Governor el-Rufai recently wrote a memo to President Buhari on the security issues plaguing his state, pointing out that the terrorists were forming a parallel government in the state. But, according to SOKAPU in a statement issued and signed by its acting national president, Awemi Dio Maisamari, the group said the governor’s admission was a confirmation of the various alarms the union had raised since 2019.
SOKAPU asserted that alongside the atrocities committed during the attacks, other unspeakable crimes and acts of barbarism are perpetrated daily in the occupied communities, better imagined than experienced.
“If only the terrorists had confined themselves to strictly enforcing their own brand of civil and criminal laws, that would have been somewhat bearable. But we now have a situation in which most rural communities are patrolled daily by well-armed marauding terrorists to stamp and enforce their authority and engage in widespread kidnapping, forced labour, systematic extortion, subjugation outright, widespread sexual harassment, confiscation of food, other valuables, dehumanization, merciless brutality, torture, killings of innocent locals who show the slightest sign of lack of cooperation or resistance to the occupants.
“As a result, most of the affected rural communities are deserted. This is the lot of rural villages in Kaduna State, especially in the local governments of Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Zangon Kataf, Kauru, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Giwa. The area that has now become an ungovernable space in Kaduna State is roughly the size of Abia State.
“With the benefit of other recent revelations or confessions about how we got to where we are, we understand very well why el-Rufai is now crying foul. While using insecurity to monopolize and consolidate his power and authority, he rationalized it, defended it and appeased the terrorists.
“Even now that his power, authority, leadership qualities and reputation are being trampled on, he still only praises the primary responsibility of government which is the safety and welfare of citizens. peace-loving. Therefore, we regard the belated alarm he gives as the shedding of crocodile tears. This is because in his administration, his priorities are totally different because he does not put his money where he says.
“The harsh reality we have had to endure under el-Rufai’s rule is that protecting lives, jobs and securing livelihoods are treated as an obstacle to grand elite projects and programs. What else did Elrufai mean when he said paying salaries is not a priority of his government? “, concluded the group.
“Government and governance have lost their credibility and legitimacy if they cannot protect the lives and property of citizens. But el-Rufai still manages to impersonate a governor in secure corridors created by multiple security cordons. Meanwhile, most people even in the state capital of Kaduna have been left behind to play cat and mouse with the terrorists.
“In light of the foregoing, SOKAPU wishes to express its deep dismay and disbelief at Governor el-Rufai’s justified alarm at the embarrassing failures of leadership that have resulted in our current nightmares of security, economic and politics.We refuse to believe that Nigeria or Kaduna State has been submerged.
“In conclusion, we call on the Governor to redirect his often strong but misguided political will to truly prioritize the safety and well-being of the citizens of Kaduna State. Let him start thinking and acting out of the box like South West Governors via Amotekun or Benue State Governor Ortom via his community volunteer guards. Enough sensational rhetoric without proper action,” SOKAPU said.

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