Nigeria projects itself as a country that prides itself on the freedom of worship – three major religious groups thrive under this idea; Christianity, Islam, and the African Traditional Religion (with a long chain of other subgroups and sects). With these known facts, it is safe to say that Nigeria can be reasonably considered as a safe haven for diversity in ethnic and religious beliefs, however, that may not be the case.
Over the years, there have been a large number of reported cases of killings, gruesome attacks, and bloodshed that are backed up by a certain belief attached to religion, especially in the North. For a lot of Nigerians, this chaos currently on headlines is tied to some religious backing; considering the advent of terrorist group, Boko Haram.
BREAKING: Gunmen Kill 20 Persons In Fresh Kaduna Attack | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/C4CVDmQemN
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 20, 2020
Kaduna is again in the spotlight after a report shows the gruesome attack on a community by an alleged militia claimed the lives of over 15 persons. From the report, it was also gathered that about 31 persons also sustained various degrees of injuries after the gunmen stormed a village at about 10:30 pm during a wedding after-party late Sunday, opening fire on the guests.
As expected, social media turned red on this update as many expressed their minds on the state of things in Southern Kaduna, noting that this will be the second major attack in that region within the space of three months.
A lot of killings have been going on in Southern Kaduna of a late. This is genocide. The killings are so systematic that you'll think it is just a mere 'communal clash'.
— Savn Daniel (@savndaniel) July 19, 2020
Breaking: Herdsmen Militias attacked Kukum Daji community in Kagoro Kaura LGA of Kaduna state few hours ago.
15 confirmed dead and many injured as at the time of filling this report.
While the government keeps shifting blames the killings intensify.#SouthernKadunaMassacre
— Steven Kefason🇳🇬 (@SKefason) July 20, 2020
Kaduna: When would our enough be enough Nigeria?pic.twitter.com/6aP9pgEwnI
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) July 20, 2020
Genocide is happening in Kaduna.
Are you oblivious of the carnage happening in that region?
Why have you refused to stop it? What is the end goal? Ethnic cleansing? WHAT??
— Stable Genius (@Maverick_hills) July 20, 2020
It is not unusual to have terrorists claim responsibility for attacks, stating their reason for doing so, as we’ve seen with Boko Haram, however, with these fresh reports about Kaduna, many Nigerians are speculating that these attacks may be a Genocide.
Do those who speak of #SouthernKadunaGenocide not have a point?
Here, 15 victims of the overnight massacre in Kukum Daji, Laura LGA. pic.twitter.com/Yqs25tZIJg
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) July 20, 2020
The Fulani Herdsmen on jihad in Nigeria
Stop the #SilentSlaughter
Southern Kaduna fresh attack: 19 killed, 32 injured – Daily Post Nigeria https://t.co/gPNZpnTllx
— Amaka Ekwo (@Amaka_Ekwo) July 20, 2020
The fresh killings in Kajuru and Kaura Lgs in Southern Kaduna stands condemned.Until the killings stops,the voices shall not be silent.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 20, 2020
We speak about the injustice and killings in Southern-Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria not because we hate the government. We speak because human life is sacred and it is the responsibility of government to protect lives and property. We want Nigeria to succeed more than most.
— Paul Wyom Zakka (@deangelopz) July 20, 2020
While there are no official explanations on the attack yet, Nigerians are calling on the Kaduna Government to do better in improving the level of security in the state.
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