John Ameh, Abuja
The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Federal Government and Kaduna State Governments to declare a state of emergency in Southern Kaduna to immediately contain the escalating killings by “terrorists” in the area.
It said a military strike force should be set up to provide security in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District, in addition to “actualising the resolve to set up a military battalion in Kafanchan or such other place in Southern Kaduna.”
The House also demanded the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the attacks.
The resolution was passed after six lawmakers from the state jointly moved a motion to draw attention to the latest killing of at least 44 people in Godogodo by suspected herdsmen.
The members were Shehu Garba; Simon Arabo; Gideon Gwami; Sunday Katung; Jagaba Adams-Jagaba; and Yakubu Barde.
Arabo, while leading the debate, recalled that since 2011, various communities in Southern Kaduna had been attacked by terrorists, “resulting in deaths, injuries, loss of properties and displacement of communities.”
He stated that the aim of the terrorists was to take over the arable, fertile lands in Southern Kaduna, which the inhabitants depended on for their livelihood.
Arabo urged the government to take the same urgent steps it took recently when Zamfara State came under similar attacks, to restore peace in Southern Kaduna.
“We are all aware of the attacks in Godogodo, between October 15 and 16; reports indicate that at least 44 people were killed.
“Why should some people continue to slaughter others for some reasons as if their lives don’t matter?
“We are all Nigerians; some people should not see their lives as superior or having more value than others,” Arabo added.
The original motion identified the attackers as “Fulani terrorists.”
But, following a protest by a Fulani lawmaker from Adamawa State, Mr. Lawan Abubakar, the motion was amended to delete Fulani from the content.
Abubakar had raised a point of order to argue that as a Fulani man, he felt insulted since there was no official confirmation that the terrorists were Fulani men.
The presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, obliged him to have the word, Fulani, removed from the motion before it was passed in a majority voice.
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John Ameh, Abuja