Southern Kaduna Crisis: Nigerian govt to establish military formations in troubled areas

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

To resolve the recurrent violent clashes between herdsmen and host communities in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian government needs to establish two military formations in the affected areas, an official has said.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this during a media chat on Wednesday night in Kaduna.

Scores of people have been killed in the clashes this year alone.

The governor said the state government is discussing the new military formations with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Defence and Chief of Army Staff.

One military formation would be located in Fadan Karshi in Sanga Local Government Area and the other Kauru Local Government Area, he said.

“We are talking with the President, the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Army Staff to site two military formations in Southern Kaduna; one in Fadan Karshi in Sanga and the second one in Kauru local government area. And I will meet the President on Thursday (December 22) in continuation of the project”, Mr. El-Rufai said.

“The presence of these two military formations will help in securing lives and properties and provide rapid response to any act of criminality and the maintenance of law and order”.

The governor further disclosed that two other military formations would be established in Birnin Gwari and Kubau local government areas of the state.

To ensure the crisis does not escalate, Mr. El-Rufai said more security personnel had been deployed to the area as part of measures to stem the tide of violence.

He said two squadrons of mobile police have been drafted to the area.

“This is part of the state government’s effort to provide adequate security for the people during this Christmas and new- year celebrations,” he added.

Mr. El-Rufai noted that the rising insecurity in the region was having adverse economic effect as investors who had expressed interest to invest in the area were pulling out.

The governor said foreign investors who had agreed to revive a ginger processing plant in Kachia local government and an Australian who wanted to invest in mining nickel in Jema’a local government had withdrawn their initial commitments because of the violence.

He said he was, however, doing his best to assure the investors to return to the state.

The violence in Southern Kaduna took a new turn on Tuesday when angry protesters in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area, on Tuesday stoned Mr. El-Rufai’s convoy and also burnt down the local government chairman’s house.

The protesters accused the governor of taking sides and not doing enough to stop the killings in the area.

Mr. El-Rufai, whose government has called various peace meetings to resolve the crisis, appealed to his supporters not to retaliate and called for peace in the state.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:Discover!!New Solution Helps Men Get Bigger Penis size!!To 7inch without Side Effect and Last 25minutes in bed During Sex Click Here To Read...


TEXT AD:WARNING TO MEN: These 3 Foods are Killing Your Erection. Click Here to Know Them...


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Sarah

    It appears El-Rufai is being allowed to use the Army to quell opposition to his government.
    The Army should not be used as a first line of response to stone throwing civilians. We saw this first with the unprovoked attack on Ibrahim El-Zakzaki’s home/centre. Now it is being planned against the people of Southern Kaduna. Soon this Army will become a full-fledged occupational force in its own country, their professionalism will be further degraded and in time people will come to view them as an enemy.
    The root causes of these protests/stone throwing ought to be investigated and addressed in a peaceful manner.
    What happens when the people arm themselves to better confront the Army? then you will call for peace talks?
    Why not talk peacefully now before things degenerate?

    • musa aliyu

      Hear this lame duck . when were U born, to say you’ll offer advice over which U do not know? “Unprovoked attack” on Ibrahim… Really unprovoked. Mtchewww

  • paul irumundomon

    The very people trained to cause trouble, will start with those that trained them. Law of karma, will visit you people one after the other. Let’s pray this type of crisis continue every where, not only military formation, United Nation formation. How I wish they were able to get close to you, so that they can equally kill you the way you have ordered the killings of innocent people in kaduna.

  • thusspokez

    To resolve the recurrent violent clashes between herdsmen and host communities in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian government needs to establish two military formations in the affected areas, an official has said.

    The clueless and grossly incompetent El-Rufai has only incompetence and confusion to offer the lovely people of Kaduna state, he should therefore resign.

    Politicians using the military unreservedly is a very bad idea. This is dereliction of responsibility and, in effect, watching their hands off difficult problems they were elected to solve.

    They are strengthening the hands and influence of the military. Eventually the military will have the upper hand and think that since they are the ones given all the difficult problems, they might as well overthrow the civilian government and take over.

    • Gary

      Interesting isn’t it? El-Rufai can get the President and Army Chief to set up army formations in Southern Kaduna. The same El-Rufai who on his own paid reparations and signed a peace treaty on behalf of Nigeria with Fulani herdsmen invaders marauding the countryside.

      No such luck with the other Governors of the states where similar atrocities have been committed by the same Fulani herdsmen.
      We do not yet know if the Army deployment is to protect the besieged mostly Christian communities. Or to repress them as is the current experience of the Shiites all over the North.

      The Nigerian Army under Turkur Buratai is currently engaged in so-called law and order operations in no less than 24 states of the federation. They might as well takeover and end the charade that Mr. Buhari is running a civilian democracy in Nigeria.
      They just need to sack the NASS and the Judiciary to complete the circle.

  • Ade

    Elrufai is a hardcore Jihadist carrying out allah duties as ordered by his prophet mohammed

    Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

    Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned;

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

    Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah”

    Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

    Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush,

  • Ade

    Muhammad Was a Sex Addict”, we learned that Muhammad enjoyed having sex with all nine of his wives in one night. Not surprisingly, rushing from wife to wife during his sex marathons would leave Islam’s patron saint of sex addicts covered in semen.

    Muhammad’s child-bride Aisha, who’s called “the mother of the faithful” in Islam, was honored with the never-ending task of scrubbing Muhammad’s semen off his clothes.

    Sahih al-Bukhari, Number 232:

    Narrated Aisha: “I used to wash the semen off the clothes of the Prophet and even then I used to notice one or more spots on them.”

    Sahih Muslim, Number 669:

    It was narrated that Aishah said concerning semen: “I used to scratch it from the garment of the Messenger of Allah.”

    Sunan Ibn Majah, Number 537:

    It was narrated that Aishah said: “I often scraped it (semen) from the garment of the Messenger of Allah with my hand.”

    Aisha was especially careful to wash the semen off Muhammad’s clothes when he was heading to the mosque for prayer.

    Sahih al-Bukhari, Number 230:

    Narrated Sulaiman bin Yasar: “I asked Aishah about the clothes soiled with semen. She replied, ‘I used to wash it off the clothes of Allah’s Messenger and he would go for the Salat (prayer) while water spots were still visible.’”

    So, when Muhammad’s followers saw wet spots on his clothes at the mosque, they knew that he’d gotten covered with semen during his nightly sexcapades with nine women and girls, and that his child-bride, the “Mother of the Faithful,” had carefully washed away the semen, so that he would be pure before Allah.

    Welcome to Islam, the only religion whose followers are so obsessed with their prophet’s bodily fluids, that they just can’t stop sharing stories about his child-bride dedicating her life to scrubbing his semen stains.

  • Ade

    Look at how short the jihadist Elrufai is in that picture.

    You can stopped cattle rustling to 0% but cant stop the “killings” of “infidels”???.

    • Eluba Inas

      Cattle rustler you are disappointed your criminal trade has been curtailed.

      • Ade

        No bro, I am far away from your country. my concerns is when innocent people are killed for prophet mohammed

        “Elrufai is a hardcore Jihadist carrying out allah duties as ordered by his prophet mohammed

        Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

        Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned;

        Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

        Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah”

        Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

        Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”

        Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush,”

  • Decimator

    “The violence in Southern Kaduna took a new turn on Tuesday when angry protesters in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area, on Tuesday stoned Mr. El-Rufai’s convoy and also burnt down the local government hairman’s house.”

    “The protesters accused the governor of taking sides and not doing enough to stop the killings in the area”.

    I have still not heard El- Rufai, Tukur Buratai or Mohammadu Buhari declare war on their Folks of the larger Fulani Nation, which according to El Rufai have been traced to different other African countries like Niger, Chad, Cameron, Guinea etc. coming in mass to violate the territorial integrity of the Nigerian Enclave they swore to protect and killing the citizens in mass. But rather have to be payed compensation with the resources of the citizens of Kaduna state that is being killed by El-Rufai.

    Is El-Rufai now saying that he could not apply the same principles of paying compensation to his fellow folks of the larger Fulani Nation to the aggrieved citizens of the state showing disaffection with his inability to protect them?

    If El- Rufai now suddenly deems the military, that should long be fighting the invaders and protecting the citizens of Kaduna state from external aggression, a more suitable option of quelling the voices of the aggrieved citizens of Kaduna state that are protesting, then he has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he is treasonably welcoming his fellow Fulani external aggressors to invade and kill
    the citizens of southern Kaduna, and should in no way be trusted any more to continue to preside over the state function of protection of lives and property of the entire citizens of Kaduna state. Sorry

    • musa aliyu

      Continue your rantings. Every community attacked by Fulanis once attacked, killed and stole their men and cattle, for an election they never knew nothing about. You can’t stop them from taking vengeance, if not thru persuasion. You can’t separate the Fulani in Nigeria from the ones in other climes cause they’re all one.

      • Decimator

        Taking revenge means exactly one taking the laws into his or her hands OK. If unfortunately the Fulanis were killed during the election how do you now ensure that your so called revenge is directed at the exact perpetrators?

        On the other hand if the Fulanis in the Nigeria Enclave are one with the Fulanis in other climes and cannot be seperated, which I admire, why then for God sake do you insist to have found an un-existing Unity with people of other ethnicity in the Nigerian
        Enclave with whom you were not one and bears no allegiance to?

      • Aninta

        There was never anytime in history of Southern Kaduna that the Fulani as an ethic group had any problems with Natives. The 2011 election violence was between Hausa’s (in central Kafanchan) and Natives that surround them. The Fulani’s who become Natives and had inter married with the Natives took off in droves without being pursued or killed. I know a Fulani family, the mother was a cleaner and the husband a security guard at my mums place of work, they all spoke the native language. She and her Fulani husband met, married, settled and gave birth to their children, grand children and great grand children in southern Kaduna most of which are my friends and classmates since primary school. Others are graduates while others have business other than herding cattle. She still visits us from Bauchi where they resettled. No one was after them, they were simply not comfortable because of their religion just like the Yoruba Muslims also feel insecure. I really do not have an idea where el-Rufai got this theory of his but one thing is clear, he has made attempts to justify the unprovoked Fulani attack. Note that Southern Kaduna Natives are neither cattle herders (unlike the Berom in Plateau) nor beef retailers so could never have stolen or killed cows. Also, Fulani’s don’t live in the townships so couldn’t have suffered in 2011 as the casualties were mainly in central Kafanchan which is the commercial centre of the town.

        For the avoidance of doubt, the present crisis is yet another Hausa-Native crisis when the Hausa community decided to stone a procession of Native peace protesters. The Fulani are currently insecure because of the recent attacks in villages and Kafanchan environs for which the protest where for.

        • musa aliyu

          You will make another “good” Onwubiko, the historian, using a micro for a macro. So the Fulanis in this case just left Niger, Sierra Leone, etc, and decided to select those villages under attack for the fun of it? Mhn. Please go tell the birds your tales by moonlight.

          • Aninta

            Now i see you have swallowed whole, line and sinker the jargon el-Rufai has fed you with.

            Forget that theory, these Fulani are local Fulani men trained and supported by our politicians to kill and herd cattle on peoples crops. They do this state by state, community by community. There are Fulani still living within and around us. Go to Gidan Waya and environs that the Fulani have sacked recently, they have taken over peoples unharvested farms in droves destroying crops. They have relocated their cows from surrounding states and communities, sacked the locals and feed their cows with crops. Its not a coincidence that their attacks started just at the harvest period of the year and will definitely end before the farming season. They will move on to the next community sacking and destroying crops while you and el-Rufai keep blaming some innocent foreigners.

      • sab

        No you are telling us. Good since they are being backed and encouraged for vengeance. Why didn’t they fight back at the time their cattle or their member was killed? So they had to wait until one of their own gets to power so they can get ‘backing’ for revenge?

    • sab

      He has not also told the army to launch ‘OPERATION PYTHON CLAP’ in the area.

  • The Optimist

    What did military presence achieve in plateau state? El Rufai knows the killer squads, and even compensates them. If he is not willing to arrest and prosecute thos so called foreign fulanis, what is he canvassing for military presence for? It’s all a window dressing hypocrisy!