How many deaths will it take for succour to finally arrive in Southern Kaduna?

Kaduna

Bandit attack? Check!

Gruesome massacre pictures? Check!

Social media outrage? Check!

Trending hashtag? Check!

Intentional change?…

Intentional change?.

The rash of violent attacks that have been meted on the indigenes of Southern Kaduna has gone from shocking to common. The seeming indifference of authorities to handle the crisis has also become common, and from the worrisome pictures we see, the situation is terribly getting out of hand. But the people who are affected and well meaning Nigerians continue to protest, documenting each wave of death that hits an already targeted community with the most recent happening late Friday.

Reports indicate that Fulani Herdsmen attacked a Southern Kaduna Village, killing and abducting scores of people. The attackers had raided the Agwala Magayaki area of Doka Avong Village in the thick of the night, targeting unarmed men and slicing the throats of several women and children. Still, there were several people unaccounted for; speculated to have been abducted by these attackers. 

This attack is the fourth attack in less than five days by armed Fulani herdsmen, in the Southern Kaduna area; totalling in the death of more than 100 people in predominantly Christian communities.

The hashtag this time is #EndSouthernKadunaKillings, with Nigerians declaring that they’ve had enough; imploring the state and federal government to do something about the heartwrenching murder sprees. 

 

Citizens who have experienced loss at the hands of the bandits piqued in, also calling on the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, to do something- something substantial to stop the incessant deaths.

 

Twitter users commented on the supposed silence of the Governor, stating that not even a single tweet to ease the hearts of Nigerians, to assure them that the insurgents would be stopped, has been published. 

 

Nigerians are looking to the government, again. Nigerians are looking to El-Rufai, again. The hope remains that there would come a day when someone with the authority to do so will finally act to bring intentional change. 

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