By Michael Shua’ib
Abuja (Precise Post) – Senator who represented Kaduna central in the 8th National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has called in President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a presidential peace committee of eminent persons with prerequisite experience in peace building to find a lasting solution to the killings in Southern Kaduna.
Sani who is a Civil Rights activist referred to the situation in Southern Kaduna as “mindless killings and bloodletting” suggested that people like former governors of the state like Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, Col. Jafaru Isa (rtd), Ahmed Makarfi and Col. Dangiwa Umar who did a lot for the peaceful co-existence in the state could be members of Buhari committe, if he so desired.
“These are people who at one time or the other solved problems without partisanship and address the problems squarely”, Sani said.
According to him, Buhari should leave incumbent governors out of the committee and use eminent personalities with track record of conflict resolution including indigenous leaders, especially of Southern Kaduna extraction.
Senator Sani used the occasion of an award given to him by Heritage Television, London to call on the President Buhari to invite leaders of Southern Kaduna; the youths and elders to hear from them directly and have unbiased and unambiguous knowledge of what is happening there with the view to finding possible solution and how to bring an end to the crisis, adding that “you can’t solve the problem of a house without involving the tenants and the landlord”.
“I want to express my appreciation to the management of Heritage Television, London for according me this award. I never expected this award and I thank you very much for this.
“My history is the history of struggle against injustice; against oppression; against marginalisation; and against terrorism. Our country today is going through a difficult moment.
“People have been killed by terrorists and bandits particularly in the Northern part of Nigeria and particularly in the north west. “Women and children have been slaughtered.
“Mourning has become a daily affair. This award today is a challenge to each of us to call government to account and to lend support in ending this mindless daily bloodletting. So much blood has been shed in northern part of Nigeria.
“There’s terrorists and insurgents in the Northeast, bandits in the northwest part of Nigeria. Ethno-religious violence has consumed the states even within the middle belt like Benue.
“Peace and stability are important ingredients in national development and national prosperity of any nation. The greatest legacy that should be left behind by President Muhammadu Buhari is leaving behind united, peaceful and one Nigeria. The one our children can grow and the one that we can all die in peace. It is important for people in position of authority to understand that until the lives of people matter, nothing else matters.
“It doesn’t matter the length of roads you constructed or bridges or airports or railway station and people are being slaughtered everyday, it makes no sense. Human lives are more important than any infrastructural development.
“It is important for us to unite as a country, both Muslims and Christians to stand up in defence of unity. And to stand up and challenge terrorists and bandits who are a danger to our country and a serious threat to our lives.
Speaking further, he said goverrment should protect the citizens, if it doesn’t want them to protect themselves.
“Those people who are opposed to self defence should provide security and safety for the people. The failure of security apparatus to protect the lives of people begets the idea of self defence. Nigerians have the capacity and ability to defend themselves.
“I have said it always that when the security apparatus of the State cannot protect the people, then the people become lambs in the forest of hyenas and wolves. Terrorists and bandits killing innocent people in Katsina, they are the same, killing people in parts of Sokoto, Zamfara and Niger State.
“They are the ones in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state. The killers of people in Southern Kaduna are terrorists and bandits. The use of the word reprisal or revenge is simply to justify the atrocious and unspeakable activities of bandits.
“The killers are not attacking Christians or Muslims, it’s terrorists attacking the people of Southern Kaduna of which majority of them are Christians. We should call a space, a spade, so there’s genocidal attack in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the North and we must tell the truth, no matter how bitter it is.
“It is also important for somebody like President Muhammadu Buhari to setup a Presidential Committee on finding solutions to kidnapping and banditry and violence in northern Nigeria.
For politicians talking about 2023 political ambition amid killings, Sani urged them to first of all address the challenges of insecurity even as he said, human lives were more important than anything.
“It is unfortunate that the forests; the countryside of the North is littered with corpses and politicians are standing on those corpses to talk about 2023. What should preoccupy the northern part of Nigeria today is ending the killings and violence in the north.
“President Muhammadu Buhari still has opportunity to address these challenges. It’s not late, but he to do what is right at this time because some of us will not sit on the fence, but speak to power”, he concluded.