Thursday

NIGERIA'S SILENT GENOCIDE: WHEN WILL THE KILLINGS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA STOP?


CC™ Opinion Editorial - By E.O. Eke

The Ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Christian community in Southetn Kaduna is the silent genocide.  

Saturday 2 March 2019, was an awful day for the people of southern Kaduna and Bare village in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa as Fulani herdsmen resumed their ethnic cleansing, to celebrate the re-election of Mohammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria.

It was reported that 40 people were killed in a church in Southern Kaduna and several feared dead in Bare village, when Fulani herdsmen attacked.

This coming just days after Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani, was declared president, gave a glimpse of what Nigerians should expect in the next 4 years.

Buhari has already warned that his second term would be tough and it seem to have started early for the people of Southern Kaduna and Bare Village in Adamawa.

I know Southern Kaduna. It is inhabited by one of the kindest people on earth. Bare people are a peace loving people. The crimes of these people are protesting the grazing of cows in their farms and being of different ethnicity and religion.

They have suffered for welcoming the Fulanis to live in their midst. Now Buhari has a plan to extend Fulani enclaves around Nigeria so that Nigerians can receive the Fulani response to hospitality of their hosts.

Is it not strange that Fulani herdsmen terrorism was never mentioned during the election.

Since INEC declared President Buhari the winner of the presidential election, there has been an upsurge in Fulani herdsmen terrorism all over the country.

The ethnic cleansing in Southern Kaduna has claimed thousands of lives and many more Fulanis from other west African countries continue to pour into Nigeria to take over cleansed villages.

Both the Kaduna state and the federal government have failed to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice. It is clear that ethnic cleansing of Nigerian villages is the official policy of the Fulani oligarchy, which wants to take over Nigeria.

The 2019 elections revealed the extent underage children were registered in the North and that the Buhari government has used the registration of children to give Nigerian citizenship to Fulanis from other West African countries, thereby skewing the demography in favour of the North.

At the moment, the government has earmarked billions of Naira for the sole purpose of settling Fulanis from other West African countries in different regions of Nigeria in what it describes as Fulani colonies to continue a primitive life style that destroys the environment, by the methane gas which cows release, and increase desertification.

History has shown that Fulani communities forcefully take over land wherever they settle and pitch themselves against their host communities which they aim to take over, conquer and subdue.

We cannot have a Nigeria where Fulanis are free to graze their cattle on other people’s farm and commit crimes against humanity by engaging in ethnic cleansing, without consequences.

In July 2020, Fulani terrorists killed 10 persons in two separate attacks on three villages of Southern Kaduna, Jema’a and Kaura local government areas.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had on 31 July of that same year extended the 24-hour curfew imposed on troubled Zangon-Kataf to Jema’a and Kaura LGAs to bring the situation under control.

The governor, on his Twitter handle at the time, said, “at the request of security agencies, the Kaduna State government has extended to Jema’a and Kaura LGAs the 24-hour curfew.

This time, the bandits attacked Zikpak, Ungwan Masara, in Fantsuam Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government and Maraban Kagoro, in Kaura LGA, around 7pm on Friday, 31 July 2020.

The attack on the three communities left nine persons dead on the spot, another one died a few hours later, while at least 12 people were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries. Many houses were also razed.

The killings in Southern Kaduna was evidence that those who depend on the Fulani-led federal government of Nigeria to keep them safe would be killed.

What continues to unfold in Southern Kaduna and the Middle-Belt in particular is genocide. The federal government of Nigeria and its regional allies in the Northern part of the country, namely the Sultan of Sokoto and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, are using similar tactics used by the Nazis in Germany to exterminate European Jews.

They are using the army and police to stop the people from defending themselves.

They use the army and police to search the homes of indigenous Christian populations to confiscate any weapon they may use to defend themselves.

Then, when the army and police withdraw, the Fulani terrorists come and slaughter the helpless villagers.

Then the Myetti Allah, Kaduna state government and Buhari led federal government issue false statements claiming that the killings are reprisal killings by bandits for cattle rustling or blame the youth, who know nothing about it.

At the same time, the Kaduna state government and federal government do nothing, while Fulanis take over the villages whose population they have killed or displaced. There has been no concerted effort to seek out the terrorists in their camps and bring them to justice.

It is worth noting that both the Kaduna State government and Federal Government of Nigeria are headed by Fulanis. How can Nigeria be one country, when Christians are not safe under a government headed by Fulani Muslims? The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami is also a Fulani Muslim and has been accused of providing cover for those accused of being sponsors of Boko Haram and other Islamist terrorist groups.

This is a heinous injustice and crime against humanity and it is obvious that those who are in position to stop and remedy it have turned a blind eye.

They have chosen to aid the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population because of who they are and it is very sad.

My heart aches. I ask; where are the so called Nigerian leaders? Where are the Gowons, Obasanjos, T. Y. Danjumas, the National Assembly ((NASS) and opinion leaders, while groups such as Miyetti Allah continue to fund terrorist Fulani Herdsmen and their atrocities all over Nigeria?

The United Nations has also been criminally silent while the ethnic and religious cleansing continues unabated, with the acquiescence of its Fulani Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, an ally of President Buhari and the Fulani cabal sponsoring the activities of the terrorists. 

The coming reprisals against the Fulani (which is inevitable) as a result of the inaction of the Nigerian government and the global community will make Rwanda look like child’s play, and it may ultimately engulf not just West Africa, but the whole continent of Africa.


Sunday

A powerful message from the late venerable Archbishop Benson Idahosa

CC™ Sunday Revival

This was a powerful message from the late Bishop Benson Idahosa. Simply riveting and worth listening to as we wade through this dark world of uncertainty and spiritual paucity.

Wednesday

Covid: Children's extremely low risk confirmed by study

CC™ Health Watch

The overall risk of children becoming severely ill or dying from Covid is extremely low, a new analysis of Covid infection data confirms.

Data from the first 12 months of the pandemic in England shows 25 under-18s died from Covid.

Those living with multiple chronic illnesses and neuro-disabilities were most at risk, though the overall risk remained low.

The conclusions are being considered by the UK's vaccine advisory group.

Currently, under-18s are not routinely offered Covid vaccines, even if they have other underlying health conditions that put them at risk.

Scientists from University College London, and the Universities of York, Bristol and Liverpool say their studies of children are the most comprehensive yet anywhere in the world.

They checked England's public health data and found most of the young people who had died of Covid-19 had underlying health conditions:

  • Around 15 had life-limiting or underlying conditions, including 13 living with complex neuro-disabilities
  • Six had no underlying conditions recorded in the last five years - though researchers caution some illnesses may have been missed
  • A further 36 children had a positive Covid test at the time of their death but died from other causes, the analysis suggests
  • Though the overall risks were still low, children and young people who died were more likely to be over the age of 10 and of Black and Asian ethnicity.

Researchers estimate that 25 deaths in a population of some 12 million children in England gives a broad, overall mortality rate of 2 per million children.

Current data shows some 128,301 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test since the pandemic started.


'Hospital stays rare'

Separately, scientists considered all children and young people in England who had an emergency hospital admission for Covid up to February 2021:

  • Some 5,800 children were admitted with the virus, compared to about 367,600 admitted for other emergencies (excluding injuries)
  • About 250 required intensive care
  • There were 690 children admitted for a rare inflammatory condition linked to Covid, called pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS)
  • Though the absolute risks were still small, children living with multiple conditions, those who were obese, and young people with heart and neurological illnesses were most at risk

Lead researcher Prof Russell Viner said complex decisions around vaccinating and shielding children required input from many sources - not their work alone.

But he said if there were adequate vaccines, their research suggested certain groups of children could benefit from receiving Covid jabs.

He added: "I think from our data, and in my entirely personal opinion, it would be very reasonable to vaccinate a number of groups we have studied, who don't have a particularly high risk of death, but we do know that their risk of having severe illness and coming to intensive care, while still low, is higher than the general population."

He said further vaccine data - expected imminently from other countries, including the US and Israel - should be taken into account when making the decision.

Dr. Elizabeth Whittaker, from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and Imperial College London, said it was encouraging they were seeing very few seriously unwell children in hospital.

She added: "Although this data covers up to February 2021, this hasn't changed recently with the Delta variant. We hope this data will be reassuring for children and young people and their families."


BBC NEWS

Sunday

Islamic State (ISWAP) moves N18B annual revenue through Nigeria's financial system under Buhari government - ECOWAS organization


CC™ Breaking News

The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, established by the Economic Community of West African States, says Boko Haram splinter group, Islamic State West Africa Province, moved about N18bn ($36m) generated from trading and taxing communities in the Lake Chad region through the Nigerian financial system annually.

The group, set up by ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in 2000, stated that both Boko Haram and ISWAP had continued to mobilize, move and utilize funds through the nation’s formal financial and commercial system.

It noted that the government lacked adequate insight into Boko Haram and ISWAP international linkages and abuse of the formal financial and commercial sectors.

It said even though the Department of State Services had significant ability to identify and investigate terrorist financing activity, and that it even conduct parallel financial and terrorism investigation, there was little evidence of the effectiveness of such efforts.


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