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Hausa-Fulani claim they are the original owners of Southern Kaduna

by Oluwatobi Bolashodun Following the spike in attacks, killings and unrest in Southern Kaduna, the Hausa-Fulani and Muslim communit...

by Oluwatobi Bolashodun

Following the spike in attacks, killings and unrest in Southern Kaduna, the Hausa-Fulani and Muslim community have demanded for their own chiefdoms. According to The Nation, the group which is laying claim to Southern Kaduna explained that they are the original owners of the area. They also added that Hausa-Fulani were neither minority nor settlers in the area.

This was disclosed by Imam Kabir Kasim Kafanchan, the Hausa-Fulani/Muslim community leader. He stated that major Christian tribes laying claims to Southern Kaduna migrated originally from other northern states.

Nonetheless, Imam Kafanchan urged the Kaduna state Assembly to enact a law stopping Hausa-Fulani from being referred to as settlers in Southern Kaduna. Hausa-Fulani and Muslim community claim they are the original owners of Southern Kaduna. Source: UGC

The community leader went to call on the Kaduna state government to create chiefdoms for them in places that were founded by the Hausa-Fulani such as Kasuwan Magani, Kachia and Zango Urban.

The community went on to debunk the alleged genocide carried out against Christian natives of the area. Meanwhile, the community under the auspices of Coalition of United Muslim Group, Kaduna state, Muslim Youth Foundation of Southern Kaduna, Nasihatu Ahlizzaman Southern Kaduna Muslim Forum and Zumunta Youth Development, Kasuwan Magani, addressing reporters on Sunday, August 16, said Muslims make up 40% of the population while the Hausa-Fulani are the majority of the about 30 tribes that constitute Southern Kaduna.

They further lamented that for too long facts have been distorted against them in the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna in reaction to the spate of attacks. Xenophobia: Nigerians are worse than South Africans - Comedian Hyenana reacts to ongoing protest in Nigeria According to them, the grand plan of the ‘Christian militia’ of Southern Kaduna is to eliminate Muslims from the area.

Earlier, reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Thursday, August 13, accused some religious clerics of being the driving force of violence in Kaduna state. The Kaduna state governor disclosed this when Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, led a delegation on a courtesy visit.

El-Rufai noted that clerics use their platforms to divide and incite violence instead of preaching peaceful co-existence. In other news, the Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria (SCSN) has said that the federal government’s failure to execute those sentenced to death for the 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis is responsible for the recurring crises in Southern Kaduna.

Briefing newsmen on Thursday, August 13 in Kaduna, the secretary of SCSN, AbdurRahman Hassan, stated that those sentenced to death, but pardoned by the military administration of General Sani Abacha, should be executed in the current dispensation.

The group, therefore, called on the government to revisit the sentence, saying the only way for peace to reign in the country is for the indicted culprits to be executed. 

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