by David Attah, Kaduna
Gonin-Gora community in Gbagyi Chiefdom in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State said on Thursday reports of killings after the Sunday suicide bombing in the area were false.
Head of the community, Yusuf Sarki, said the report was “an attempt to deviate from the reality of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.”
The residents also denied unleashing terror on non-indigenes.
The statement read, “The nation is not being helped and saved by deviating from the reality of the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism ravaging northern Nigeria, and the country at large. And it is against this that we make the following clarifications, regarding the aftermath of suicide bombings in Kaduna State on Sunday.
“Though we are oblivious of the fact that criminals and miscreants took advantage of the scenario in Kaduna on Sunday to molest innocent people, and as well take laws into their own hands and to some extent damaged cars, properties and some places of worship, in some parts of Kaduna town after the suicide bombings that killed many people.
“But contrary to the mischievous propaganda, being dish out and given prominence in some quarters. We wish to state that no any form of mass killings or killings of whatever form took place in Gonin Gora. There is military presence and other security operatives stationed in the community that can attest to this reality.
“Those peddling this wicked propaganda have also gone to town with lies that innocent people on transit were stopped and killed. All claims that have been proved to be lies and attempt to further create confusion and escalates violence in the state.
“The records of killings of innocent Nigerians and those on transit are there for those that care to check, along Rigachikun-Zaria Road axis, Maraban Jos, Bakin Ruwa, Rigasa, Buruku-Birnin Gwari routes and Kawo areas among others.
“The atrocities committed in those areas in February and May 2000, November 2002, April 2011 and up to now (June 2012) are beyond comprehension but are swept under the carpet. Because we are ‘Infidels’ or ‘Arnas’ or because we don’t have the Daily Trust, Hausa Services of the BBC, VOA, and other propaganda machines. No amount of millions lies will make a truth; rather the country continues to groan in falsehood and insincerity.”
“We are not deterred in our resolve to champion peace, and unity and will not in any way allowed our community be given false publicity, aimed at what is only known to those spreading nothing but hatred, animosity, war and as well intolerance among people of several faiths and backgrounds.
“We are by this also sending a message, that wicked insinuations and hatred will not help build lasting peace but rather compound and plunge our dear state into bad-blood and underdevelopment.
“We wish to reiterate again, no mass killings or any forms of killings took place in Gonin Gora, rather our community should be praised for providing security for travellers along our community.
“We provided shelter for many Muslims trapped in the violence, for instance, a mother to a former member of National Assembly from Niger State. The security agencies are all aware of all this and real situation of Gonin Gora.”
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