…accused el-rufai of abandon
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
There appears to be war of words as Southern kaduna people’s Union (SOKAPU) said Rev. Dauda Fadia, claiming to be the National Coordinator of a group called Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners (SOKAPEP) is an impostor and does not exists.
SOKAPU made the revelation in a statement issued in kaduna on Thursday while reactiing to Rev. Fadia allegation that the publication that three of their members were murdered in three different locations in Southern Kaduna last week, were false and unfounded.
Earlier, SOKAPEP had issued a statement and published same in some online media, disparaging a press statement signed by spokesman of SOKAPU, Mr Luka Binniyat, which revealed that three of their members were murdered in three different locations in Southern Kaduna last week.
In a reaction statement issued and signed by SOKAPU spokesman Mr Luka Binniyat and made available to journalists on kaduna on Thursday evening, the Union however challenged Rev Fadia to come out in the open and refute their information.
“If Rev. Dauda Fadia exists, we challenge him to come out in the open and refute our claims of his being a creation of insidious fiction’ SOKAPU stated.
The Union also stated that “SOKAPEF, under which this pseudonym hides to carry out a desperate launder of his creators, does not exist anywhere in Southern Kaduna, talk less of having branches in the state and at the National level, in which the fake Fadia is claiming to be its National Coordinator.
“We again challenge ‘him’ to produce the office address of SOKAPEP and the names of other members of his exco.
SOKAPU described it as a shame and an act of cowardly and cruel dereliction of responsibility to hide behind a character with the aim of painting achievements Rev. Fadia does not merited.
“At this point, SOKAPU wishes to advise the media to be very circumspect and not be in a hurry to publish any news item that carry grievous falsehood to avoid unnecessary libel and slander and to avoid tarnishing its integrity.
“Having said the above, SOKAPU stands by its statement that Mr Kaduna Garba, 32, and father of two children, who was an IDP in Kallah town, Kallah Ward, Kajuru LGA was murdered by Fulani herdsmen in the morning of 29th October, 2020 in Mangunguna, while his kinsman, Francis Bala, 38 escaped with severe wounds from machete cuts. “The Police in Kasuwan Magani have documented this tragedy.
“SOKAPU is committed to ensuring peace, justice and wellbeing of every Southern Kaduna person. “We have made it a creed that no longer would the life of any of our members be wasted without due documentation and the circumstances of his death captured in the news for posterity to know.
“We believe this is a way to honor these victims, and not just gloss over their killings as mere statistics. “We believe that if justice is not gotten for them here on earth, the Almighty would surely judge in the day hereafter.
“A serious, responsible and committed government would have carried the Press with formidable security to some, if not all the communities, we claimed have been captured by Fulani militia and the persons killed with the aim of asserting or rubbishing our claims.
“A good and humane governor who is not a bigot, who does not hate a certain section of his constituency could have also carried out a detailed census of the IDPs to determine their numbers and what assistance to give them”, it stated.
The release added that “But it is on record that Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna has, by his own admission, never visited any of the scores of affected Southern Kaduna Communities. He has never shown any empathy towards them and talks less of assisting them to feed and rebuild their ravaged communities.
“In fact, the sayings of the fake Rev. Dauda Fadia fits properly into the narrative of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who claims to be a Fulani. “The Governor has asserted that not a single Southern Community has been displaced and occupied by anybody.
“He even challenged any traditional ruler to come up with such evidence. But having arrested and jailed several traditional rulers from Southern Kaduna and some respectable Southern Kaduna leaders and elders, it would be foolhardy for any of them not to read the obvious threat and danger in that challenge.
“What kind of government would utterly abandon 100 of its communities to the hands of marauders and refuse to show pity to the thousands of displaced kids, women the old and infirmed under its watch?
“It is simply a pity that we have found ourselves under this kind of leadership”, it lamented.
SOKAPU stated that their various checks with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter and direct inquiries from Pastors and Reverends in Southern Kaduna showed that no such human being existing as “Rev. Dauda Fadia, “even in various natives of Fadia community at home and outside Fadia about the said ‘Rev. Dauda Fadia’ and they all said such a person does not and has never existed in Fadia.
“They said he should produce his surname so that his family can be identified. They are angry that a character like that could be created and his nefarious activities linked to their noble home. End.