Former Special Adviser to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Electronic Media, Reno Omokri, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued silence over the brutal murder of Christians in southern Kaduna.
Omokri, who aired his views in a video recording, wondered why President Buhari will rush to send condolence message to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, over the December 19 terror attack in that country, but remained silent as hundreds of Christians are reportedly brutally murdered weekly in southern Kaduna.
He also queried why Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, whom he said always carried lies against former President Goodluck Jonathan, would remain silent and not come out to talk as hundreds of Christians are being massacred by suspected Fulani herdsmen in southern Kaduna.
“Christians are being killed in Kaduna and I asked where is the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a pastor, where is he? If it was to bring false allegation against Jonathan he will do it, he has been doing that, accusing Jonathan of things that are obviously lies.
“Where is Reverend Father Mbaka, why can’t he talk? Where is Tunde Bakare, where are they with their loud mouth, they know how to talk loudly about other things, how to accuse Jonathan, PDP politicians, why can’t they talk now when thousands of Christians are being killed in southern Kaduna?” he asked.
Sending a message to Osinbajo in particular he said, “I want to address in particular Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, and in addressing him I want to quote from the Bible, in Esther Chapter 4 verse 14, Mordechai talking to Esther said, ‘If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows whether you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.’
“Permit me to rephrase that verse and say if you Pastor Yemi Osinbajo remains silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the people of southern Kaduna State will arise from another place, but you Pastor Yemi Osinbajo and your political family that you belong to will answer to God and who knows whether you have come to your vice presidential position for such a time as this.”
Omokiri, who recalled how Governor El-Rufai claimed his administration, had traced foreign Fulani Herdsmen involved in killing people in southern Kaduna but instead of arresting and prosecuting them, offered them money, argued that when criminals are allowed to profit from their criminality, “what you have always is more crime. What is going on in southern Kaduna is nothing short of genocide.”
He was surprised as to why the killings are at a time the world is celebrating Christmas and particularly in southern Kaduna where a lot of people are largely Christians
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He frowned that despite all these killings, President Buhari remains silent.
“On December 19, there was a terror attack in Germany, where a terrorist killed 12 people and the day after the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari sent a condolence message to Germany. On December 22, just three days after that terror attack in Germany, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Guska, a village in southern Kaduna and killed 11 people in just that one village. This same President Buhari remained silent about the deaths at Guska village and several other hundreds of deaths in southern Kaduna.
“The questions I want to ask Buhari today is, President Muhammadu Buhari, are German lives more important to you than the lives of Nigerians? Foreigners are killing people in Kaduna State and you remain silent. Why Buhari? Why are you our President?
“The thing has to be asked, why has President Buhari continued to be silent over the killings of Christians in southern Kaduna”?
Describing the recent statement attributed to the President’s Spokesman, Femi Adesina, where he allegedly said in a TV programme that Buhari has continued to ignore the killings in Southern Kaduna because the Kaduna State government assured the President that he is on top of things, as stupid, Omokri wondered how a governor will be on top of the situation and people are being killed.
“Nigerians should not forget that the same Mallam El-Rufai in 2012, when the Nigerian Army was conducting an internal security operation in Plateau State, he warned that even if one Fulani is killed, that he would consider it a death to be repaid at a later time. My question to the governor is, is that death being paid now in Southern Kaduna?
“Number one job of Nigerian Army is protecting Nigerians and the nation from external aggression, yet while foreigners are killing Nigerians in southern Kaduna, our Army is being sent to the Niger Delta where nobody is killing Nigerian citizens.
“To add salt to injury El-Rufai is trying to blame Niger Delta militants for the killings in Southern Kaduna. Look at the stupid comment that he made about Niger Delta Militants.
“If only President Buhari was as interested in the loss of lives in Southern Kaduna as he is interested in the oil in the Niger Delta, the killings would have ended long ago,” he said.
This makes a lot of sense to me.