​EL-RUFA’I,  BANTEX AND THE BLOOD OF THE SOUTHERN KADUNA People by  Steve Kefason 


Since 2011 the Southern Kaduna people have experienced series of genocidal attacks where women,  children,  the aged and in some cases unsuspecting young men have been sent to their Graves by Fulani herdsmen,  these killings are usually unprovoked and one sided in nature. 
Prior to the emergence of Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i,  the people had hope that their greatest nightmare will be a thing of the past considering the fact that their son Architect Bala Barnabas Bantex who has been an advocate against the killings was the running mate of El-Rufa’i,  elections came and gone but the state of affairs never changed instead got worse 18 months after the elections,  like the popular saying ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’,  that has been the case of the duo who have turned deaf ears to the mindless killings of the southern Kaduna people.  As if that is not enough,  they also embark on arrest and detention of youths and traditional rulers who made attempts to protest or resist the Fulani marauders. 

Governor El-Rufa’i via his puppets state police command has arrested and detained some youths and traditional rulers from Southern Kaduna without charging them to court,  this is a violation of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended,  it is pathetic that people that were mourning their dead loved ones could be subjected to such inhuman treatment in their time of grieve. 

All these are pointers to the fact that El-Rufa’i is shielding the perpetrators of these killings for reasons best known to him. 

Since the killings began under his administration there has never been any arrest or even attempt to arrest any of the perpetrators but the victims’ relatives are often time arrested for protesting the killings. 

To the southern Kaduna people it is simply a case of beating a child and preventing him/her from crying out the pains. 

It was the daughter of late military dictator General San Abacha who once opined that “if insurgency lasts more than 24 hours then the government has a hand in it”,  with the recent  happenings in southern Kaduna and the attitudes of El-Rufa’i and Bantex,  one will be tempted to agree with Gumsu Abacha’s opinion. 

I hereby call on governor El-Rufa’i to kindly resign immediately since he has proved that he has no clue on how to end the mindless killings going on in southern Kaduna. 

I also call on the ICC,  Amnesty international and Human right watch to direct their searchlight on  El-Rufa’i and his deputy for crime against humanity in Kaduna state.

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