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Southern Kaduna youths tag el-Rufai sleeping gov, protest killings, kidnappings


Nasir El-Rufai

Youths from the southern part of Kaduna State on Saturday morning, protest the worsening level of insecurity under the watch of the governor and chief security officer of the state, Nasir el-Rufai.

The youths, under the aegis of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, who gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja said the insecurity in the North-Western state was becoming alarming. The youths, therefore, demanded that the security forces, as well as government at all levels, must rise up quickly from their deep slumber.

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The youths, in an attempt to drive home their points, carried placards with different inscriptions.

One of the youths Jane Thomas-Rogers said the governor must rise up to his responsibility and secure the people.

According to The PUNCH, Amid tears, an emotional Thomas-Rogers said, “Children are being raped, women are being raped, people are being killed. Governor Nasir el-Rufai, you need to stand up to your responsibilities and protect lives and properties. For how long is this going to continue? We are tired of these; the killings must end.

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“Kidnapping here and there. Before now, kidnapping was an occurrence on Abuja Road but right now, it has moved to Southern Kaduna.

“People cannot sleep with their eyes closed, we are scared of going to Kaduna. Just recently, my cousin was kidnapped, we had to pay a ransom before he was released; we couldn’t sleep.

“What is happening? And our governor does not even have sympathy for our plight as a people. This carnage must stop, enough of this.

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“We are calling the attention of the international community to this. Our government is sleeping, something must be done.

“We call on all Nigerians to speak up against this. It started in Southern Kaduna, it can reach your doorstep tomorrow.”

“Right now, there is a protest going on and you can see security men all over but when there is killing, kidnapping, you won’t see any of them. What is happening? We the youths are tired, enough of this,” she added.