By Godwin Isenyo
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union on Thursday distributed various relief materials to natives of 36 Adara communities in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The natives were recently displaced by armed herdsmen attacks.
Items distributed include bags of rice, beans, maize, gari, noodles, pasta, food seasoning, and salt.
Other items are cartons of vegetable oil, bags of sugar, cartons of Vaseline and soaps including children’s pampas. The materials are valued at N12.8 million.
SOKAPU’s National President, Hon Jonathan Asake, told the IDPs that they were people who cared much about their plight and had donated to their welfare.
He said, “I am here with my team, to express our solidarity with you and to bring you goodwill from Governor Nyesom Wike of River State who came to Kaduna in April for campaigns and donated to the IDPs in the state,” he said.
“I have followed the cruelty that you have had to face in the hands of marauding armed herdsmen and your subsequent displacements, which has also attracted the sympathy of Gov. Wike.
“It is unacceptable that peaceful, harmless and unarmed people will be living their normal lives just to be attacked, killed, kidnapped and their communities taken over by armed herdsmen and no one is called to book.
“But the world is watching this criminality against you and other affected communities of Southern Kaduna and by the grace of God, justice shall come one day.
“The major reason why there is a government is for the protection of lives and property and where that is not in place, then the purpose of that government has failed,” he went on.
“I am therefore calling on the international community, all men and women of goodwill and conscience to intervene for these poor people and come to their.”
While receiving the items on behalf of the IDPs, Markus Danja, the Private Secretary to the late paramount ruler of Agom kingdom in Adara, Dr Raphael Maiwada, said that the entire Adara nation was grateful for the kindness of Governor Wike towards them.
Also speaking, the National President of Adara Development Association, Dio Maisamari, told his kinsmen not to lose hope.
“Be strong and stand united. As evil and as bad as it is, one day, we shall conquer,” he said.