The Adara community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State said it requires about N50 million to rebuild 545 houses destroyed by gunmen following the recent attacks in the area.
Speaking to newsman in Kaduna on Sunday, chairman of the community, Mumini Madugu, said the attacks left thousands of the Adara people homeless with all of their belongings.
Mr. Madugu said the community came under attacks few days after a statement from the Government House Kaduna on February 15, alleging that a number of Fulani people including women and children have been killed by the locals.
He said series of attacks launched between February 10 and March 11, left 148 people dead and 545 houses destroyed.
He explained, “The attackers in their hundreds first invaded Unguwan Barde, killed 35 people and destroyed 90 houses and proceeded to Karamai village on Feb. 2, killed 42 people and destroyed 196 houses.
“On March 11, Dogon Noma community was also attacked, 71 people were killed, and 259 houses destroyed, making a total of 148 people killed and 545 houses destroyed.
“In all the attacks, 65 people were seriously injured and currently in hospitals receiving treatment, while about N28 million worth of grains and other foodstuff were also burnt.
“These attacks have displaced thousands of our people including 2,000 children who are currently taking shelter in eight camps across three LGAs of the state – Chikun, Kajuru and Kachia.”
The chairman called on government at all levels and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid and help them rebuild their houses so that they could return to their ancestral homes.
He thanked government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, community organisations and Civil Society Organisations, CD Is, for supporting them with relief materials.
One of the elders, Usman Stingo said that the area has a history of peaceful coexistence with settlers including the Hausa and Fulani people living with each others in peace years.
Mr. Stingo, a retired teacher particularly described the relationship between the Adara people and the Fulani as a symbiotic one dating far back to the days of their forefathers.
“Also, on October 18, 2018, another misunderstanding occurred at Kasuwan Magani and escalated into serious crises that claimed more than 100 lives.
“A day after that, the Chief of Adara was kidnapped and murdered. And since then, Kajuru local government area and the Adara people have always been on the news but for the wrong reasons,” he observed.
The elder statesman blamed the series of attacks in the community on the government’s inability to perform its duty of protecting lives and property of all the parties involved in the crisis.
“Hardly will anyone convince us that local Fulani in Kajuru are responsible for these attacks because the accent of the attackers was completely different from that of the Fulani people who live with us.
“We do not believe that the Fulani that we lived with for ages can suddenly have a change of attitude and turned brutal.
“We are of the view that the attackers might have been hired mercenaries, but who hired them is a question we do not have answers to,” he explained.
On how to restore the lost relationship, the elder statesman stressed on the need for the Adara and Fulani elders to close ranks whenever something of this nature comes up in order to fish out the culprits.
He noted, “But leaving one group to go searching for who attacked only gives room for suspicions and mistrust which if not properly managed could escalate into a serious crisis with unimaginable consequences.
“The state government must also ensure justice and fairness to all and be a government for all by particularly improving security in the state and bringing the assailants to book.”