The youth leader of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, Comrade John Isaac expressed disaffection over the negative impacts created by the spate of herdsmen attacks in Southern Kaduna.
The youth leader made the painful revelation at a press conference the group organized in Kaduna, today.
According to him, Many of the affected residents now live in IDP camps, with host families away from their original
homes and in host communities.
Many host communities are severely stressed, having to cater for the large influx of displaced people from places directly hit by the the attacks.
These attacks have also resulted in extensive damage to social, economic, health
and market infrastructure. Numerous homes have been destroyed.
Many schools, hospitals, markets and places of worship have been destroyed or closed.
Many communities have been completely abandoned, especially in parts of Chikun, Kajuru and Zangon kataf LGA’s
While there is still a semblance of economic and agricultural activities in some parts of the affected communities, the economy of most of such communities are at the verge of collapse as farmers, for the fear of attacks, can no longer go to their farms
While the SOKAPU Youth wing commends the Peace Initiative of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasiru El-Rufia following the ”House Of Kaduna Family” peace initiative.
We, the Southern Kaduna Youths believe achieving peace and tranquillity in the region will require: Bringing an end to the killings; Culprits identified and brought to book; effectively handling
the humanitarian crisis and implementation of an effective reintegration and rebuilding programme as well as the effective reconstruction of social and physical infrastructures across the affected communities. And also to ensure the provision of adequate security and conducive atmosphere for agricultural activities to thrive
SOKAPU Youth Wing is against this backdrop urging both the Federal and State Governments and its agencies: the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) kaduna state Ministry for Riots, Damages, Rehabilitations, and Resettlements to as a matter of urgency act fast in rebuilding ravaged communities and reintegrating families and persons displaced by this senseless acts of terror.
W I’lle are also calling on all humanitarian bodies to assist in the processes of rebuilding the region.
The group further stated, estimates of the negative impacts of the barbaric attacks include approximately 900,000
people adversely affected, about 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs),
including over 10 internally displaced person camps (IDP) mostly in religious homes, over 700 deaths and even more people severely injured or missing, with hundreds of millions worth of farm produce destroyed.