Christian youths have threatened to resort to self defence any time Fulani herdsmen attack any village in the Southern Kaduna Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
They premised their threat on the alleged complacency or complicity of the security agencies and politicians in the attacks.
According to them, since Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has claimed that the Fulani terrorists killing Christians were foreigners, the Federal Government should close Nigeria borders with Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic without delay.
They also urged the Kaduna State House of Assembly “to impeach El-Rufai immediately” for allegedly conniving with terrorists to kill Nigerians.”
Operating under the aegis of Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing), the youths, who condemned the plan by the governor to compensate Fulani herdsmen for their lost cattle as well as sponsoring them as delegates to meet Fulani leaders outside Nigeria, condemned the verbal attacks being launched against the President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle by El-Rufai.
The National President of YOWICAN, Daniel Kadzai, in Abuja Monday also described as untrue, the claims by El-Rufai that the masterminds of the attacks “who organised themselves and came back for revenge” in Southern Kaduna and Plateau State came from outside Nigeria.
The governor was said to have while debunking the comments of the CAN President, attributed the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna communities to bandits claiming that “the same Fulani are killing Fulani in Zamfara State.”
While warning him to stop playing politics with the killing of Christians, Kadzai said the unfortunate condemnation of the CAN President over the killing of Christians had further exposed the governor’s refusal to come to terms with realities for political reasons.
He said, “Whether the Fulani terrorists are from Nigeria or not, we the Christian youths agree that there is a deliberate and calculated attempt to cleanse Christians in Nigeria. Thus, we call on all Christians to resist attacks.
“In conclusion, we call on the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to respect the CAN President and know that Christians have the right to self defence, especially where there is complacency or complicity on the part of security operatives and politicians.”
According to YOWICAN, the decision by El-Rufai to compensate the Fulani amounted to playing to the gallery and smacks of sentiments without recourse to the Christians killed or the plight of their mourning families.
Kadzai said, “It is the highest point of insensitivity to use state funds to pay and placate the aggressors/terrorists at the expense of the victims.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of CAN in Kaduna State on Monday faulted alleged threat by the governor to arrest those calling on the people of Southern Kaduna to embark on self-defence if they were attacked by the Fulani herdsmen.
The CAN Chairman in the state, Bishop George Dodo, said it was most unfortunate for the state government to be calling for the arrest of those who would resort to self defence when the government was incapable of protecting the people.
Dodo said even the United Nations Charter on Human Rights recognised the right to self-defence as an act of protection.
He argued that “if animals are entitled to self-defence, why should human beings not be entitled to that?”
Addressing journalists shortly after its Chairman-in-Council meeting in the state capital on Monday, the CAN Chairman also carpeted the governor for saying that his administration had to pay the Fulani herdsmen in order to halt the killings in Southern Kaduna.