CONTINUOUS CLOSURE OF HIGHER INSTITUTIONS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA: ANOTHER FACE OF BOKO HARAM. Read more
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Wednesday inaugurated the newly elected Executive Council of the Kaduna State Chapter with a call for all Northerners to unite.
Inaugurating the newly elected members, the National Secretary of the ACF, Mr Anthony Sani said he has no doubt that the new executive will deliver on their set target and unite the people of Kaduna State and Northern Nigeria. Read more
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) youth wing has raised an alarm over a group that called itself ‘el-Rufai Social Media Team that is presently working hard to caused division and blackmail voices speaking against the killings in the area.
According to SOKAPU, the el-Rufai Social Media Team have been trained on how to lie against the Southern Kaduna people and break the ranks of unity among the people of the area through the support of some disgruntled element that don’t care if everyone in Southern Kaduna is killed. Read more
There isn’t second guessing that the chief tenant of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House has mobilized a column of cyber propagandists to turn the truth inside-out and outside-down.The professional quality of the recruits is terribly frail because they have demonstrated ineptitude in; knowing the nuances of the act, the slippery nature of the operational milieu, and the golden rule of the game. Read more
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3. Mark Jacobs Describes Southern Kaduna Killing As ‘Genocide’ Pt 2. Watch more.
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4. Apostle Suleman Speaks On Biafra, Southern Kaduna Killings; Tells Members To Kill Fulani herdsmen ( a most watch). Watch more.
5. Oyedepo’s sermon calling for killing of “people who look like Boko Haram”. Watch more
6. There Is A Conspiracy Against Southern Kaduna – Isuwa Dogo Pt 1 ( most watch). Watch more.
7. There Is A Conspiracy Against Southern Kaduna – Isuwa Dogo Pt 2( most watch). Watch more.
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Secretary-General, Dr. Freeman Kamuru
Treasurer, Mr. Ibrahim Maikori
Immediate Past President, Prof. Tunga Lergo
Fellow Dear SOKAD Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It is has been great pleasure serving as President of this great Association, these past 4 years. To be specific, Nov. 25, 2012 was when I assumed the mantel of leadership (first as Interim President and subsequently as the President). Thanks to all of you members of SOKAD who made my tenure, and on behalf of the exco, our tenure successful. We could not have done anything without you. We are very appreciative of all the support you gave us.
What did we achieve in the last four years? Let me spend a few moments to remind members of the things we accomplished in the last 4 years.
1) Schools Aide Program.
In the last 4 years we were able to provide material support to some select Primary schools. In all we have provided materials to 6 primary schools. These are:
2013- Lea Primary school Zac-Zawan-Sanga LGA (2012).
2014-i) LGEA Primary School Kurdan, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area
- ii) UNICEF Model Primary Schools, KurminKwara, Dadu, Jaba Local Government.
2015-i) LGEA Primary School Dura, Jab LGA
- ii) LGEA Primary School Kamuru-Ikulu, Zangon Kataf LGA
2016- LGEA Primary School, Tunga Nok Jaba LGA
As at today our donations amounted to at least $6000 over the last 4 years.
All these accomplishments could not been done without the help of our great friend Professor Bala Dogo whose NGO (CARE NGO) has been instrumental in executing our projects at home. They print the books, purchase the materials and provided logistics on the delivery of the materials to the respective schools. To Professor Bala Dogo and CARE-NGO, we say a loud and big thank you.
Executing these projects has not been without a cost. We spent a total of $6000.00 to execute these projects. Where did this money come from? It came from members’ contribution and dues.
Attendance at these presentations has been very encouraging. Reputable journalists have attended and covered our presentations. In the last presentation the Current Commissioner of Education attended.
We have championed aggressively an advocacy role in the last 4 years. This included press releases, Publications in news outlets-Nigeria world, Nigeria Village square, Elombah, National impressions. Some of the press releases(to mention few) were:
- i) National Conference.
- ii) Religious Bill
iii) On the elections of 2015
- iv) Fulani/Herdsmen attacks, Moroa, fadan Karshi, etc.
- a) http://sokadusa.com/the-ethnic-and-religious-cleansing-in-kaduna-state/
- b) http://sokadusa.com/southern-kaduna-facing-worst-situation-since-independence-sokad-usa/
- c) http://sokadusa.com/save-nigeria-stop-the-islamic-political-agenda-an-open-letter-to-president-mohammed-buhari/
- v) Danfulani:
- vi) Land Grab, The Gbadyi people
vii) Grazing Reserve
viii) Call for Indictment-Gov. Yero
Please refer to: sokadusa.com for more
Our website is vibrant. sokadusa.com. Descent features and publications are there. Needs improvement, though. Members are encouraged to visit and take advantage of it. Suggestions are welcome to improve on it.
4) IRS Registration
SOKAD is now a registered Not for Profit Organization. We have 501(c)3 status. Which means when you make donation it will be tax deductible. Members are encouraged to take advantage of this development as well.
Challenges It was in my heart that we have a general meeting where we will all gather in person. This could not take place. I suggest the in-coming Exco to look into it seriously. I wish all of us in the USA are all in one city. That will make it easier.
Funds: We want to reach out to many communities and/or institutions with our Home Aid projects. But fund is the limiting factor.
Ladies and gentlemen, all the accomplishments listed above could not be successfully executed without your inputs. On behalf of the Exco I say Thank you.
When I took office I promised we will abide by our constitution and by-laws. We did. These documents were our guiding principles. We did not deviate from them. I take pride in that
We are not where we want to be. I see the promised land. We will get there. Our people are in poverty. Our lands are being taken away from us. Ethnic/Religious cleansing is going on in our homeland. I encourage us to join hands in the fight for our land on behalf of our people. We should not despair. It may seem dark now but light is at the end of the tunnel. We will overcome.
Let me encourage you with these 2 proverbs. The first says, “The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first.” The second says, “How do you eat an elephant? By taking one bite at a time.” Also it was Edmund Burke who said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. By taking one mile at a time or one bite at a time we will accomplish much. Every one of us in this forum have something valuable to contribute to the growth SOKAD. Please contribute to the development of SOKAD and the Southern Kaduna People.
Finally, just as you supported me I urge you all to support Dr. Freeman and the incoming Exco with all that you have. On this note I wish to thank you for the opportunity to serve and now I hand over the mantle of leadership to Dr. Freeman Kamuru.
Long live SOKAD
Long live the Southern Kaduna People
May God bless you all.
Likita Aminu, MD, MPH
President, SOKAD-USA, 2013-2016
Southern Kaduna Diaspora ( SOKAD) continues to be troubled by your handling of the genocide in Southern Kaduna. We have expressed our concerns about this on several occasions, specific to the intimidation of your critics, with the hope that the state will modify its approach, but to no avail. While the Kaduna State government has made pronouncements on its desire to secure a lasting peace in Southern Kaduna, its actions, so far, have directly contradicted its pronouncements.
One important step in the process of securing peace in any community is to dialogue with legitimate representatives of the people of the community. However, when the state arrogates to itself the sole power to decide who it will dialogue with, and ignores the people’s choice, it shows that the state call for peace is not genuine.
A case in point is your attitude toward Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU). SOKAPU is the legitimate representative of the ethnic groups in Southern Kaduna. For the Governor of Kaduna State to refuse to dialogue with this respected group and to refer to its officers as bigots, is unfortunate and unacceptable. Your statement on National Television that you will not meet with SOKAPU to discuss strategies for achieving peace in Southern Kaduna raises serious questions about your commitment to peace in the area. SOKAPU is a nationally and internationally respected group, led by learned professionals in different fields of human endeavors, who are well equipped to offer useful advice to the Governor and others in leadership who are truly concerned about the ethnic and religious cleansing going on in Southern Kaduna.
The recent Operation Harbin Kunama in Southern Kaduna, was initially seen as a positive step toward achieving lasting peace in the area; it was hoped that perpetrators of the genocide-the armed Fulani herdsmen, would be disarmed. Many people in southern Kaduna were leery and skeptical of the effort, just as they were of the establishment of a permanent military presence in the area. Those fears are now confirmed as the Operation Harbin Kunama entered its second phase a couple of weeks ago. As it turned out, it is innocent and helpless people of Southern Kaduna who are having their hunting tools and rifles confiscated and soldiers are reported to be going house to house disarming them. The state has failed these citizens by not protecting them and now it is taking away any chance of resistance against the terrorist that are wiping them out. The state is therefore aiding and abating the ongoing genocide. This is wrong and therefore unacceptable. From available reports, no terrorist has been disarmed or arrested. The Fulani herdsmen are still armed and keeping their weapons. While some elected Southern Kaduna politicians, such as Senator Danjuma Leah have had their legally obtained guns confiscated, the Emirate in Kafanchan which is widely believed to be a repository of illegally obtained weapons, has not been searched.
SOKAD is also troubled that Kaduna State is deliberately undermining the education of Southern Kaduna. Under the pretext of security, you and your Commissioner for Education, have closed the only two tertiary Institutions in Southern Kaduna and have no plan to reopen them.
The State and Federal governments’ actions have clearly demonstrated a half-hearted and biased commitment to finding peace in Southern Kaduna. In several instances, their actions have and continue to undermine the ability of the people to defend themselves. Such actions amount to war crimes that are prosecutable. Their offices are term limited and the actions or inaction of those in power, who have sworn to protect and defend the constitution of the Republic and to comply with international agreements on basic universal human rights will be called to order and tried in due time.
SOKAD will continue to contribute its quota to ending the genocide in Southern Kaduna. We are committed to being a watchdog for accountable leadership from those elected to serve the people. In his recent letter to you, Rev Fr. Paul D.Jatau reminded you of your pledge “…. that you will do your best to restore Kaduna to a State that works for the people regardless of tribe, ethnic or religious affiliation. You said that when this is achieved, we will shout for joy, saying Liberty!, Freedom! Tyranny is dead”Governor, the people of southern Kaduna have had little cause to shout for joy under your regime as the liberty and freedom that you promised as a candidate continues to elude us. Instead, unspeakable tyranny has been visited on us under your watch more than at any time in living memory.
Meanwhile, for real first step to bringing security to our part of the State, SOKAD suggests the following:
- The State should establish dialogue with SOKAPU as the umbrella organization that represents the people of Southern Kaduna.
- The search and seizure of the hunting weapons of Southern Kaduna farmers must stop. The focus of Operation Whatever should be on the real perpetrators of the genocide.
- All Perpetrators of atrocities in Southern Kaduna must be arrested and brought to justice
- All Southern Kaduna indigenes wrongly arrested should be released without preconditions.
- The Kaduna State University Kafanchan Campus, and College of Education, GidanWaya, that have remained on indefinite closure, should be reopened.
Freeman Kamuru, PhD, MD, President, SOKAD
Danlami Ngboze, MA, PhD, Secretary General, SOKAD
Saidu John, B.Eng , Financial Secretary, SOKAD
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR OF KADUNA STATE, MALLAM NASIR EL-RUFAI
REV. FR. PAUL DANBAKI JATAU, PHD
The Executive Governor of Kaduna state.
Subject: MOMENT OF TRUTH
May I state clearly that many cast their votes for you during the 2015 general election because of your antecedents for they wanted you to bring back to the state those receding virtues of accountability, integrity, justice, fairness in the distribution of resources and fear of God in handling the affairs of the state. This is in connection with your formal declaration to run for the Governorship of Kaduna State on November 3rd, 2014 when you said, “we must move Kaduna State from a state where people live in mutual suspicion; where few people feel safe or secure and where nothing gets done. It is disheartening that Kaduna State which used to be a melting pot of religions, cultures and industry has become a battlefield of ethnic and religious divisions due to incessant conflicts, denial of opportunities and relentless narrowing of the space for political freedom and expression. We now have a state where a small self-centred clique controls the state’s resources while the generality of Kaduna people are excluded from political and economic opportunities”.
It might interest you to know that majority of those who voted you into office are disappointed. The sad turn of events in Kaduna, the political capital of Northern Nigeria, would anger the founders of the state who did not envisage segregation among its residents basically along religious and ethnic lines. The horrible damage religious and ethnic bigotry which you are championing have done to the state is unquantifiable largely due to the clumsiness of your administration not competent enough to handle issues that affect the citizens and carry every section in the state along in all spheres of life. There is no gainsaying that most of the rural areas in the state do not feel the impact of the state government and to them, neither government nor democracy exists. Worst still, it is an eyesore when one takes a look at the condition of local governments in the outskirts of the state capital.
Furthermore, after traversing the 23 local government areas of the state you opined: “To say that l was shocked by the level of neglect is an understatement. Our road networks have fallen into disrepair; our schools have no basic teaching and learning tools; our teachers are not motivated; our hospitals and clinics lack essential resources to mitigate the challenges of healthcare and our civil servants are not being sufficiently motivated. Poverty has become worse; unemployment has become more pervasive; agricultural productivity has declined; internally generated revenues are too low to even pay salaries. The picture is indeed very bleak.” With the aforementioned, the hope of the people of the state especially Southern Kaduna lay on you as we recall what you said while re-affirming your determination of making the state great again when you collected your certificate from INEC as the elected governor of the state.
You said after the visits, “that some of the places l visited were so remote, isolated and cut off from government that it would have been difficult to believe that they were part of Kaduna State.”
Sir, you assured us that you will do your best to restore Kaduna to a state that works for the people regardless of tribe, ethnic or religious affiliation. You said when this is achieved, we will shout for joy saying, “Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!” How true are these assertions? Let me remind you of some of these issues:
After a year and some months of incessant attacks in the Southern part of the State, in collaboration with the Nigerian Army, police, Civil Defence and other sister agencies you launched ‘Operation Harbin Kunama II’ to rid the area of armed bandits that have killed close to 1,000 people, maimed and injured scores, and destroyed properties running into billions of naira. You stated during a town hall meeting that, “the armed bandits terrorizing Southern Kaduna will definitely face tough time in days to come. Some of the armed gang may either surrender, be killed or flee the area and allow residents to live in peace”. To the above statement, we heaved a sigh of relief thinking Mr. Governor would keep to his words. However, the on-going search and disarmament of the natives NOT the so called armed bandits terrorizing the area is a display of your HYPOCRISY AND DUPLICITY. May I ask, are the natives of Southern Kaduna the armed bandits you said you were going to disarm? What we saw been bandied on national TV are dane guns and other locally made weapons our people use for hunting expeditions. What about the AK 47’s, Revolver’s and other lethal weapons in the hands of Fulani terrorists? Why haven’t we seen a single Fulani paraded as a prove of your resolve? How many of them are in custody as you have done for our people who are in custody?
What happens when a government disarms its citizens? In case you do not know, let me take you on a voyage of historical exploration on disarming citizens.
1911 – Turkey disarmed its citizens, and between 1915 –1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians.
1929 – Russia disarmed its citizens, and between 1929 –1953 they murdered 20 million Russians.
1935 – China disarmed its citizens, and between 1948 –1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese.
1938 – Germany disarmed its citizens, and between 1939 –1945 they murdered 16 million Jews.
1956 – Cambodia disarmed its citizens, and between 1975–1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people.
1964 – Guatamala disarmed its citizens, and between 1964–1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians.
1970 – Uganda disarmed its citizens, and between 1971–1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians.
You can argue about the numbers but the point is that disarmed citizens are vulnerable and easy targets to criminals. In as much as I laud the efforts of the security agents, the whole exercise looks ‘suspicious’ and leaves room for some vital questions like:
- Who are the armed bandits to be disarmed?
- When would the exercise be carried out in Kafanchan metropolis, I mean, the emirate and Laduga in Ikulu chiefdom?
3.Would the exercise be extended to the Fulani herdsmen Mr. Governor paid money to?
- Would the fulanis be disarmed of their matchets and other lethal weapons?
In the words of Enoch, “If Fulanis carry ‘guns’ for the protection of their cows, farmers too ought to carry ‘guns’ for the protection of Their ancestral farmlands. If a fulani man’s cows are his only source of livelihood, it suffice to reasonably state the farmer’s farm is his source of livelihood”. It is unfair and an act of injustice to ask people who have been massacred and hurt not to protect themselves.
ROAD: Your Excellency Sir, you promised to open up rural areas for our agricultural produce to get to the city. Sir, how many of these roads have been opened up since you got to office and where? You promised to dualise all major roads leading to the city. Sir, how many of our major cities road have been dualised so far and where? You promised to construct most of these roads with direct labour. Can you please state how many direct labour acts your administration employed in constructing these roads? Please sir, what is your administration’s progress report on this?
You promised to develop and encourage trading, industrial and commercial activities, to encourage youth involvement in agriculture and also transparency and accountability. After months of strenuous screening exercise to fish out ghosts workers, what are its positive impacts on the state?
Sir, during your tour to Southern Kaduna before the elections, you promised teachers good renumeration by the first year of your administration. Please what have you been able to do on education? In the heat of the incessant attacks in Southern Kaduna, you made us to believe that teaching and learning processes can not be properly conducted in an unsafe school environment, therefore all the tertiary institutions (KASU Kafanchan Campus, C.O.E Gidan Waya campus and College of Nursing, Kafanchan) were shut down when neither a lecturer nor a student has been killed in the attacks perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen against the natives who are the direct beneficiaries of these educational structures. At a security meeting held in Kaduna with traditional rulers, the Kpop Ham requested you to reopen the schools and your response left so much to be desired. You responded to the paramount ruler’s request rudely and denigrated his person and the institution he represents. You were caught on camera saying ‘if the people of southern kaduna value education, they will learn to live in peace and stop formenting trouble’ . Sir, this surprises us. Are you saying that the natives are the people who don’t want to live in peace? Did you not make a public admission of identifying the terrorists and even paid them compensation? Your postulation to the paramount ruler beats logic and common sense.
The irony is that while Boko Haram insurgents were on rampage in Borno State, the capital city and its environs, the government did not shut down the University and other tertiary Institutions so as not to interrupt the school’s curriculum. It is expected that you take a pro-active approach in securing the institutions with the retinue of security agents in the area. I presume that you are aware that the level of development of a society in terms of its politics, economy, technology, cultural values and religion depends on quality of education provided. It seems your administration does not feel concerned Since you (PhD student) and your children are enjoying your studies abroad, your administration can afford to waste the time of these youth until whenever you are ready.
If what is being rumoured is true about your intention to relocate the above named institutions, then, it would the ‘conspiracy at its peak’. Please may I ask, what becomes of the structures? Would they be turned into housing estates for fulanis or training grounds for terrorists? Permit me to bring before you the negatives of shutting down schools.
- The academic calendar is tempered with.
- Many of our students would now have time to fully engage in social vices such as prostitution,cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, fraud and many others in order to while away time as well as make illicit money.
- It will be difficult for many of us to seek proper legitimate job as we are not certain when our lecturers will call off their strike; more so, we have no meaningful qualifications to seek full employment.
- In the course of needless travels embarked upon by students when their lecturers down tools,some of the students have died prematurely.
- The disruption of studies of the students will also have negative psychological impact on us. By the time the strike is over, many of the students would most likely have forgotten what they were taught before the unwarranted break.
It is so funny that your generation benefited from free education provided by the generation before you and yet your administration does not see the need to do something drastically to reopen and improve on the status of education in our state.
Sir, I am sure as you read this piece, certain questions readily come to mind. Like, what motivated me to write you an open letter? I contemplated doing you a lengthy ‘memo’ but wasn’t sure bottlenecks will allow me access to you. You may be asking what do I want? I have only one ambition consuming me. I want nothing from you other than wishing that you succeed. That our people feel we have a governor that is fair and just to all. A governor that is not disavowed to criticism but one who would receive shades of opinion happily and work to improve his style of leadership to the advantage of those he governs. My task is to stink you to consciousness. To be that gadfly I am ordained to be; to speak for the vulnerable people of southern Kaduna. That’s my job and I am happy doing it. Kaduna State is bigger than an individual, and that no government has ever succeeded through lies, victimisation and propaganda. We hoped for a better government under your administration, but it now clearly shows that we will continue to get nothing more than empty promises, blatant lies and cheap propaganda. In addition, I personally believe we have to grow beyond sentiments about the people we govern if we really want to move in the right direction; I think your administration has performed below what is expected of you. We want a government that is based on ethical personal values, understands the true meaning of democracy and has the political will to pursue the desired change. I challenge your administration to be opened to criticisms and allow for freedom of speech.
Please be informed that no matter what happens to us as a people we will remain who we are because we are proud of our roots as Southern Kaduna people and as history has shown we are survivors. We shall survive all and every form of wickedness and conspiracy against us. You have so many of our kith and kin in detention centres, including traditional rulers, you have threatened to arrest and prosecute more, you have stopped our children from attending school by shutting down the schools in Kafanchan and its environs.
I look forward to seeing positive change in the remaining two years of your administration.
Thank you for reading.
Yours in making Kaduna Great,
Rev. Fr. Paul Danbaki Jatau PhD