A group in Kaduna State under the aegies of Southern Kaduna Leadership Council (SKLC) on Monday, accused former state Governor Nasir El-Rufai of plots to Islamise the state when he was at the helms of affairs.
The Chairman of SKLC, Ishaya Dary Akau, in a statement issued after a press conference in Kaduna, said the system of “governance by exclusion” which El-Rufai practiced in the state was deliberately against the people of Southern Kaduna.
In the statement titled “Nasir El-Rufai’s Viral Video and His Eight Years of Misrule in Kaduna State”, the group alleged that the incessant killings and maiming of children, women and youth, and the burning of their homes and destruction of villages and communities in Southern Kaduna from 2015 to 2023 was part of a strategy for Islamic dominance orchestrated by the erstwhile government of El-Rufai.
“The Southern Kaduna Leadership Council (SKLC) held its regular meeting on the 17th June, 2023, and considered several important matters, including the speech by Mal. Nasir El-Rufai, the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, delivered to some religious clerics,” the group said.
“The SKLC noted that the video of Nasir El-Rufai’s speech has gone viral and has made public certain issues that have hitherto remained in the domain of conjecture and hypothesis among Nigerians generally, but which we the victims of El-Rufai’s actions have lived and experienced over a period of eight years.
“That Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai set out deliberately to misinform the Nigerian public and the world, and waged false propaganda amongst certain religious circles, to the effect that the people of Southern Kaduna who are mainly Christians did not vote for the APC.
“The voting figures cast in Federal, State and Local Government elections in Kaduna State between 2015 and 2023 bear testimony to the fact that Nasir El-Rufai deliberately deceived those in the APC who are not Muslims of his actions.
“The system of governance by exclusion practiced by El-Rufai was deliberate against the people of Southern Kaduna.
“That El-Rufai picked a Muslim deputy from Southern Kaduna to spite the Christian majority for not supporting the APC and theme most insidious aspect of this El-Rufai Islamist agenda was his claim that he extended such a Muslim-Muslim system to the presidential election in order to extend the scope of “Islamic subjugation” across the length and breadth of Nigeria within twenty years.
“From the above and many more revelations by El-Rufai in his now viral video, the Southern Kaduna Leadership Council and the people of Southern Kaduna as a whole conclude as follows:
“The impoverishment of our people arising from the total neglect of the area in 8 years, and the deliberate destruction of farmlands, crops, plantations and forests, harvests and food stocks, in an orgy of terrorist violence were deliberate actions in pursuit of subordination of the people of Southern Kaduna to El-Rufai’s implementation of jihadism in Kaduna State.
“That the incessant killings and maiming of our children, women and youth, and the burning of our homes and destruction of our villages and communities from 2015 to 2023 was part of a strategy for Islamic dominance by the government of Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai in Kaduna State.
“That the assassinations, murders, kidnappings, arrests and imprisonment, and removal of indigenous Southern Kaduna traditional rulers, and the balkanization of our chiefdoms to create emirates out of districts under our traditional leaders, was part of an undeclared jihadist campaign being surreptitiously waged by Nasir El-Rufai as Governor of Kaduna State.
“The removal of our traditional leaders and imposing foreign ones on the people of Southern Kaduna has been calculated to change the structure of traditional leadership in the region, and create conditions facilitate creation of new settlements of foreigners and change the demography of the area for El-Rufai’s Islamic Dominance.
“That while the people of Southern Kaduna paid taxes to government, as Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai made sure our people were not entitled to the benefits derivable therefrom, in the regime of crass discrimination and marginalization institutionalized under his administration.
“False statistics have been churned out to show settlements of foreigners as indigenes of Southern Kaduna.
“Consultants from Islamic States were recruited to carry out Settlement Surveys in Southern Kaduna, which showed that there were more Fulani settlements in Southern Kaduna than the existing settlements of the indigenous communities.
“To justify these false statistics Fulani terrorist gangs began attacking, destroying and removing the existing settlements.
“Without our consent, our lands were given to the foreigners with the intention of growing their population in 20 years to outstrip that of the indigenous people.
“Just before the now postponed 2023 National Population and Housing Census, thousands of Fulani herders were taken into Southern Kaduna, where they went into the forests and plantations grown by our communities, and began hanging clothes and bags of belongings on the trees, which would then be counted as houses belonging to Fulanis during the planned census.
“We hereby wish to let the nation and international community know of the heinous plans and to draw the attention of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the 2014 National Constitutional Conference where it was agreed to create Gurara State from the present Kaduna State and to invite the President to activate the demand which has gone through the constitutional process of obtaining the consent of two thirds of the 36 Houses of Assembly in the Federation.
“The nation and international community should know that the Southern Kaduna region was recorded to have above 3,000,000 people by 2006, and present projections show that there are now above six million people in the area.
“The total land size of Southern Kaduna is above 26,000 square kilometres. Southern Kaduna is larger in population than 21 states in population, and larger in land size than 26 states in Nigeria. There are 58 ethnic groups in Southern Kaduna, with similar culture, traditions and beliefs.
“The Southern Kaduna people are requesting for protection from the government of Kaduna State, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the African Union and the United Nations.
“We call on the international community, to constitute a visitation panel to ascertain the genocide orchestrated and supervised under the Islamist regime run by Nasir El Rufai as Governor of Kaduna State between 2015 and 2023.
“We now know that propaganda by certain disgruntled elements in our midst has had the tacit support of government.
“The Southern Kaduna Leadership Council, and indeed the people of Southern Kaduna will not use the statements of Nasir El Rufai to determine how we live and relate with Muslims, settlers or visitors to Southern Kaduna.
“We are a peaceful people and will follow peaceful and lawful means in pursuit of our goal of surviving as a people under the regime of hostility and hate instituted and handed down as a legacy by Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State. However we will not fail to tell our people to defend their lives, lands and heritage.
“The Southern Kaduna Leadership Council, desirous of developing harmonious and peaceful relations with all the citizens and people of Kaduna State, call on the present government not to follow the path of their predecessor. “
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