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Southern Kaduna Crisis And Matters Arising.....

The peace deal between the hitherto warring communities of Atyab Chiefdom, is a welcome development, an unexpected early Christmas gift for every Nigerian, and a reminder of the historic

peace deal between the State of Israel and Egypt, which apart from ending the over 30 years of hostility and costly

war, also paved the way for the eventual restoration of peace between Israel and Jordan, as this is expected to usher

in peace in the region. What makes the development in Atyap Chiefdom a huge delight, is that it was voluntarily

initiated and sponsored by the Atyap Traditional Council and wholeheartedly embraced by the hitherto warring

communities in the Chiefdom.


The peace deal was a huge surprise, and has for obvious reasons elicited unparalleled excitement, that would

continue to reverberate across

the whole world considering that merchants of war have successfully branded Southern Kaduna as a far

more dangerous place than Afghanistan, a place where the various communities

at the slightest provocation engaged each other in a war of attrition, that questions not only their common humanity, but diminishes them all, in

spite of the support of those who conveniently use the crisis to advance their own strategic political objectives. So while the likes of Chidi Odinkalu

and Femi Fani Kayode profit immensely from the crisis, the people of Southern kaduna are left with the rough end of the

stick- withdrawal of investors



The Atyaps, the Hausas and Fulanis by willingly brokering the August 22,2020

peace deal themselves, what they have appropriately tagged “home grown” solution to the problem of the Chiefdom,

have not only showed the road map to peace, but have eloquently confirmed the

unequivocal position of the Nasir el-Rufai administration that the ultimate guarantee of peace is the willingness of

communities to live in peace and harmony, and resolve to settle all differences by strictly lawful means, without resort to violence. The peace deal is also a strong repudiation of the

settler/indigene dichotomy, a fundamental issue in the Southern Kaduna crisis, which also resonates with the Citizenship policy of the el￾Rufai administration.

The alarming cynicism, the obvious wish that the peace deal should not work

by a minute section of the media, which hasn’t masked its disgust, their wait and see attitude, their diabolical wish

that the warring communities remain perpetually at war is perplexing and clearly confirms that merchants of

war and other parasites found

the Southern Kaduna crisis convenient for settling scores with Nasir El-Rufai,their nemesis,who as the Director￾General Bureau for Public

Enterprises, privatized many government companies, and has remained the enemy

of those that lost out, due to technical reasons,lack of financial capacity and

management capacity,

continue to hold him responsible for their loss. Had El- Rufai succumbed to the

pressure of “asset strippers”, that definitely would have derailed the objectives of the privatization programmme , but El- Rufai most certainly would have saved himself

from the heavy baggage he is carrying today, because he choose to serve with

distinction at the BPE and as minister of the Federal Capital Territory.


The tragedy is that the people of Southern Kaduna have bluntly refused to

read in between the lines,to understand that they are mere pawns in a sophisticated political chessboard and that they are the ultimate losers,by

allowing themselves to be pawns in some other peoples’ game,that they are mere spectators. Like in a chess

game, the pawns (Southern Kaduna) can either destroy itself or save the King, in this case all those who are using

them to further their political objectives.

SOKAPU, it must be stated can never midwife peace in Southern Kaduna, because it’s opposed to what the Atyap

people have conceded; the right of every Nigerian to reside anyway and pursue their legitimate business, that they

have killed other tribes, just as the other tribes have killed them and because SOKAPU lacks the legitimacy and

confidence of the other parties

in the crisis. The reaction of SOKAPU to the development in Atyap Chiefdom was

a monotonous diatribe of Southern Kaduna belonging to only indigenous people, and referring to others as settlers. The roadmap by the Atyap Chiefdom, that takes ownership and responsibility for peaceful coexistence is

definitely the way to go, as

opposed to the irredentist and “usurpry” position of the Southern Kaduna Peoples

Union (SOKAPU) that has no control over any Emirate or Chiefdom, but insists that any peace deal must be midwifed by it.


Key requirements for sustainable peace, like the Atyaps and the other communities have clearly

shown, includes the fact that it must be built from within, a bottom-up approach,

because it enables the people

take responsibility for peace and harmony,exactly what the state government has consistently advocated. They have confirmed the position of

Governor el-Rufai “that beyond boots on the ground, military bases and police stations, the ultimate guarantee of peace is the willingness of communities

to live in harmony and their

resolve to settle differences through lawful means”.

For obvious reasons the various communities in Atyap Chiefdom won’t be popular and would be hated by their kit and kins,for owning up to several

truths; that they have all been involved in killing,maiming, burning of houses,blocking of highways etc, a narrative that SOKAPU has stridently

been denying, and which most unfortunately has been bought hook,line and sinker by Southerners who ironically

refuse to acknowledge the massive banditry attacks in the Northern part of the state, probably because the victims

are Muslims or lesser human

beings. This without doubt will

remain a blunt on the humanity

of those that have continued to

close their eyes to the human

tragedy in one part,while falsely

describing another as genocide.

Slowly, but surly el-Rufai

will be vindicated – there will

be a triumph of truth, over the

false narrative. There will be an

acknowledgement that he gave

the age-long crisis his all. That

he facilitated the establishment

of military and police bases in

the South. That all he sought to achieve was to replace violent strifes with harmony and to give vent to the constitutional provisions that he swore to



It is inconceivable that the Atyap peace deal won’t be subjected to some stress, but the saving grace is the resolve and commitment to a new Atyap Chiefdom, that is welcoming, that does not

discriminate between native born and others who decided to make the Chiefdom their home. And most importantly the commitment, that never again will two fighting for whatever

reason lead to communal strife

that usually engulfs the entire Chiefdom.

– Musa sent in this piece from Kaduna

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