Residents of Kaduna state have criticized the efforts of the El-rufai-led government to create the impression that the state is safe despite daily kidnappings and killings of residents by armed bandits.
Kaduna has become Nigeria’s hub for kidnapping with at least one kidnapping incident recorded every day since 2015 and it has gotten worse in recent months, prompting residents to flee to neighboring states and motorists leaving the popular Kaduna-Abuja highway.
On Sunday, eight students from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway as gunmen stormed the Albasi village of Sabon Birnin in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna state and killed eleven people. The kidnapped students remain in captivity.
Emmanuel Rabo, a resident of Damba-Kasaya village in the local government of Chikun, where a similar attack occurred in September but has now moved to neighboring Nassarawa state, told SaharaReporters on Thursday that a sense of hopelessness is widespread. in the state.
“We no longer sleep with our eyes closed since the attack,” he said. “Many people died that morning. No one has come to rescue us or say ‘let me say hello to these people for what happened to them’, we are alone. “
Rabo said that the government had abandoned the people. “On the radio, you will hear them say ‘police this, military that’ but it is a lie,” he said. “I had to move my family to my brother’s house in Keffi because I think it’s better this way: his church is feeding us and I also do business with Okada so I can feed my family and not be a burden. I don’t think we’ll be back. “
Another resident, Saleh Malumfashi, who lives in the high-cost Narayi area of Barnawa, said the kidnappers are emboldened by the government’s inaction and unwillingness to resolve persistent insecurity.
Speaking in Hausa, he said: “Kaduna was never like this. We have always been one of the best states in Nigeria, but now it seems that these people have dominated the government. I have lived here for 25 years even though I am from Katsina State, but it has never been this bad.
“Anyone who tells you that things are fine is pretending and we can’t keep pretending. I live in the municipality and I can tell you that everyone is afraid. We are barely struggling to survive on a daily basis. Where will we get ransom money from? Even those who pay a ransom continue to be killed. I ask Baba Buhari to help us and may Allah make it easy for us ”.
Calistus Eze, a businessman who sells second-hand parts in Malali, a popular part of the state, said he could move to a safer state if the situation does not improve by the end of the year.
“You know that if one has life we can sell anything. As things are in the north now, not only in Kaduna, no merchant can invest money in the construction of shops and warehouses because if some little thing happens, they always burn it, “he said.
“Now, they are bandits kidnapping people and demanding ransom. If we are honest, the governor knows who these people are. You should talk to them because serious people plan to leave the state. I am from Nkanu in Enugu, but I have a brother in Lagos who has been pressuring me to leave. I’m still looking until the end of the year. “
Source: – Sahara Repoerters