Insecurity in Nigeria is heightening daily and it is not only Boko Haram that threatens peace in the country. Fulani herdsmen are also reported to be capturing villages, throwing residents of southern Kaduna into apprehension.
The Atakad Community Development Association (ACDA) had last week said that gunmen have captured 16 Atakad villages and killed at least 180 people with 10,000 forced to become refugees since the violence started in 2013.
Most of Atakad land is located on the lush-green hills and valleys of the lengthy Kagoro range of highland in Kaura LGA of Kaduna State. It is about 250km south of Kaduna metropolis.
The National President, ACDA, Ishaya Kunden, told newsmen after the burial ceremony of the district head allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, that the world seem not to be interested in their plight, despite the fact that they formed part of the most traumatized of human society.
“Since these invasions and killings of our people started on the 24th March, 2013, we have lost 16 villages to Fulani invaders. At the last count, 180 people have been killed. Right now, Fulani men are fully settled with their cattle and families, in Mayit, Agwom, Zakai Gira, Tunga Magwot, Telak, Zakum and Kirim. Go there and see them. Their cattle are grazing on everything we left be behind.
“The world has forgotten about us, as if we are not human beings. As if are we not part of the most injured in human society. 10,000 Atakad natives are now homeless and are wondering from relations to churches and anywhere they can get assistance. The state government has done very little to help. Only the Churches and some NGOs are coming in with relieve materials to victims still hanging around. All our children are out of Schools. Men cannot go back to their farms. It is horrible. All we are asking is more soldiers and a few things to defend ourselves. We can return if we get that assistance,” he said.
Also speaking at the burial service, which held at the Baptist Church Manchok, the overall chief of Atakad chiefdom, Chief Tobias Nkom Wada, said: “The people of southern Kaduna must be united to fight this dangerous trend.
“They want to take over our hills and use it as a launch pad to invade the entire southern Kaduna. That is why they are killing our people in Sanga and chasing them from the hills. Southern Kaduna people and those governing us cannot afford to see these series of murder of innocent people keep on. I call on our brothers in Ganawuri, who are accommodating the Fulani in their lands to see reasons to negotiate both with us and the Fulani,” the chief said.