Member of the House of Representatives, representing Chikun and Kajuru federal constituency, Hon. Yakubu Umar Barde condemned in it’s strongest term the ongoing killings in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He urged the people of Kajuru to join forces with each other irrespective of differences to salvage what is left of them.
The lawmaker said he was dumbfounded to heard of another killings after engaging stakeholders, recently, in peace building. “As a member of the committee inaugurated by Gov. Nasiru El-rufai, I’m shocked that after meeting with both the representatives of Adara ethnic nationality and Myetti Allah, the killings continued.”
Barde expressed dissatification over the killings urging all major stakeholders, traditional rulers, security agents, Adara Development Association, SOKAPU, Myetti Allah, Religious leaders, Youth groups and so on, to put all hands on deck and proffer solutions on how to bring an end to this barbaric act.
“The process of peace building is an all inclusive one. As such, I’m calling on relevant agencies and groups to join hands in finding lasting peace in kajuru LGA. This is not time for bickering, buckpassing, haranguing and blame gaming, it is time for sharing viable ideas on how to end this senseless killings.
“It is annoying that the killings in Kajuru LG have been politicised, the politics of narration has divided those who ought to be united and proffer solution to the killings. To me, whether it is reprisal attacks or ethnic cleansing, people’s lives are involved. Narration at this critical point is needless, it is diversionary, we must act in unison and work together and save what is left of us. This is because the solution to the killings is within, he said.
He went further to speak on the economic implication of the killings and pleaded with the people of Kajuru to rethink. “The raining season is here again,” he said. Adding that, “And farmers can’t go to their farms for the fear of being killed. Kajuru LG as a whole is an agregarian community which implies that their livelihood is grossly dependent on agricultural production, it is most worrisome when these farmers can’t go their farms for the fear of being hacked.
“The local government is an important region in the state, regional and national food supply chain and the ongoing killings and the fear of going to farm portends serious danger to food production. Until this menace is reversed, we may witness food shortages and hunger next year. So, it is another danger for those who even survived the killings because they may not be able to feed themselves and even meet some of their basic social needs.”