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You have blood in your hands, By Moses Ochonu

The killer herdsmen are operating freely in Southern Kaduna, systematically attacking village after village in several local government areas unchallenged. There is either no security deployment or the deployment is woefully inadequate or ineffective as a deterrent.

And yet Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the inciter-in-chief who has waged a war of extermination and humiliation against the Southern Kaduna people since he took office to punish them for daring to reject him at the poll, for belonging to the wrong ethnicity, and for worshipping God the wrong way, has imposed a 24 hour curfew.

What good is a 24-hour curfew when the killers are roaming the bush freely, where the curfew cannot be enforced, to choose their next target village for today or tomorrow’s murderous rampage?

Does the curfew, absent robust, effective, and aggressive security patrols and a neutralization of the killer herdsmen, not simply turn Southern Kaduna people into sitting ducks waiting to be mowed down by the killers?

Does the 24-hour curfew in the absence of a military counter to the killer herdsmen not prevent the Southern Kaduna people from patrolling their villages or adopting other means of self-defense against these killer invaders?

You arrest and cage the leaders of an area and then you confine them to their homes 24 hours a day while their killers are roaming freely in the bushes around their communities, reloading, rearming, restocking, and scoping out new targets.

You have blood on your hands.

Oh I forgot, according to people who should speak out against the Governor’s bigotry, criminal abdication, and supremacist politics, which have emboldened the killers and hobbled their victims, El-Rufai “is not perfect,” and “has his faults,” but he is “intelligent” so all is well.

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Professor Moses Ochonu of University of Vanderbilt, Tennessee, writes from the United States

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