The Northern States Governors’ Forum, NSGF, was on Tuesday accused of high insensitivity over its silence on the killings, in Southern Kaduna, just a hours before the forum’s meeting began in Kaduna on Monday.
As at Tuesday, over 50 people had lost their lives in the bandits’ attack on Southern Kaduna.
The communique released by the NSGF, at the end of its deliberations in Kaduna, dwelt on its opposition to the stance of governors in the south to power shift in 2023, and the moves by Rivers and Lagos States to impose and collect the value added tax.
SOKAPU, Southern Kaduna Patriotic Union, expressed amazement that northern governors could meet in Kaduna and keep silent over a 24-hour-reign of bloody violence and deaths orchestrated by bandits in Zango Kataf and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna State.
Luka Binniyat, spokesman of SOKAPU, berated the governors, saying they were “still in yoke with the obsolete mentality of one North.”
He took specific swipe at the governors of Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, whom he described as “mere pawns to be used to further the interest of the core north.”
“Unfortunately for governors of the Middle Belt states among them, who do not have the courage, wisdom and vision to pull out and form a “Middle Belt Governors’ Forum like their counterparts in other parts of the country, the agenda of every meeting of the NGF always proves that they are mere pawns to be used to further the interest of the core North.
“If not so, how could a meeting of the NSGF take place in Kaduna State where at least 48 persons were murdered on Sunday in cold blood in the Christian Southern Kaduna, and nothing was mentioned of it?
“Was it not the same NSGF that made so much fuss over the killing of 22 Fulani commuters in Jos recently and threatened fire and brimstone because the Fulani were alleged to have been killed by Christians?