Kaduna, 03 August, 2020 / 11:45 pm (ACI Africa).
In the wake of the recent spate of violence in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna, a Cleric in Africa’s most populous nation has called on the country’s Federal Government to embrace a “grassroots approach in handling” insecurity in the affected regions of the country.
In his homily during the July 29 Mass organized by the Northern and Middle Belt Forum of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) to seek God’s intervention following killings in Southern Kaduna (SK), Fr. Benjamin Yakubu Bala described the situation as a “large scale of genocide” and urged the Government to accept criticism in its handling of insecurity.
“Government needs to rise above pettiness, show sincerity of purpose and adopt a grassroots approach in handling the security problems in Southern Kaduna (SK) instead of the Government house approach, which has not yielded any fruits,” Fr. Benjamin who lectures at CIWA in Port Harcourt said in his homily shared with ACI Africa at the weekend.
He added, “Government must treat criticism as feedback instead of threatening people who tell them the truth on the killings.”
The southern part of Kaduna State has been experiencing violence since January. Media reports indicate that 43 people were killed between July 21 to 24. A total of 178 people have lost their lives since the violence started.