- Head of the catholic diocese in Kafancha, Kaduna state has said the ongoing killings in southern Kaduna is a result of Jihad cleansing by Fulani herdsmen
- The vicar said villages attacked by herdsmen are 100 or 90 per cent inhabited by Christians
Vicar-general of the Catholic diocese of Kafanchan Rev. Ibrahim Yakubu stated that the church’s position is that the crisis in Southern Kaduna is being carried out by Fulani herdsmen who are on a Jihadi mission.
Yakubu said events of the past years were enough confirmation that the herdsmen had an agenda.
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Yakubu told New Telegraph in an interview: “First of all, all the villages that have suffered these attacks are villages that are either 100 or 90 per cent Christians.
“Even where you have the Muslim settlement, you will discover that their houses are never touched. In most cases, they will appear to have a fore knowledge of the attacks. I am saying this because before any attack occurs, they are seen moving out.
“Secondly, the attackers while carrying out their attacks, would be shouting ‘mu kashe arna’. This leaves no one in doubt that the attackers are on a mission."
On the statement by some Muslim groups that more Muslims had been killed in the crisis, Yakubu replied: “I challenge them to come out with their own statistics showing the towns and villages where they were attacked to a number more than the one of the Christians.
“I do not dispute the fact of their living in Southern Kaduna for more than a century. Things were never that bad, why now?”
Meanwhile, former governor of Kaduna state Balarabe Musa has accused politicians and the elite of exploiting the southern Kaduna killings to make money and advance their political interests, while the victims wallow in trauma.
Musa, who stated this while speaking with journalists at his residence on Thursday, January 19, warned against inciting the people of Southern Kaduna against each other.