The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese and Chairman, Southern Kaduna Christian Elders Association, Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri has given reason why the killings in Southern Kaduna have continued unabatedly.
This is just as he accused the military and other security agencies of not doing enough to stop the killings and destruction of homes in the southern part of Kaduna State.
Bishop Bagobiri who presided over the mass burial of at least 12 victims of Saturday attacked in Asso village, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state by militia herdsmen, wander why the persistent attacks and killings of innocent lives with the presence of the Military personnels,
He said, “This is happening today as the Military and other security forces mount road blocks in towns and major roads while bushes remain un-safe for farming.”
“In the Godogodo and Pasakori attacks in Jemaá Local government area for example, the military merely watched and supervised the killings and burning of homes on the pretext that their mandate did not include fighting the herdsmen,” he said.
According to the renown Man of God, the government both at the federal and state levels have failed to protect the people of Southern Kaduna “because of their inability to rise above ethnic and religious bias.”
“If anything, government has shown outright partisanship in favor of the herdsmen to the disappointment of the majority Southern Kaduna indigenes.
“Because of Government’s inability to serve as an un-biased umpire in the face of these crises, we are sometimes tempted to belief that there is a well-planned Jihad against the people of Southern Kaduna, and Christians generally in Northern Nigeria as this is amply demonstrated by the incessant attacks and atrocities committed against the aborigines of the Middle Belt region in Northern Nigeria.
“The sole aim of these attacks is to conquer our people and occupy their lush lands and turning same into grazing fields for the marauding nomads,” he added.