In fulfillment of its promise to establish two military units in the southern part of Kaduna state, the federal government has at the weekend laid the foundation for the building of military barracks in Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government Area of the State.
The Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, while laying the foundation, said the event was in fulfillment of the federal government’s promise to establish two military formations in Southern Kaduna to ensure security in the area.
According to him, the setting up of military formation in the area would consolidate the peace process that had already started in the area. The General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanised Division, Maj-General Adeniyi Oyebade, in his remarks said since the presidential approval for the setting up of military formations, the Army has been looking for a suitable land to establish a battalion in Kafanchan.
Meanwhile, the President of the Gospel House Church for all Nations, Revered Abel Koumla, has identified unemployment and poverty as the key factors responsible for the incessant crisis in Southern Kaduna. He stated this after his inauguration as the 1st President of Gospel House Church for all Nations in Kaduna over the weekend.
According to the Cleric, idleness has caused many to be an instrument of destruction, noting that, ethnic or religion play little role in the crisis.
While warning politicians to stop politicizing the killings in the zone, he however called on government at all levels to provide job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youth in the country so as to address the crisis bedeviling the nation; stressing that, the youths should also stop depending on “white collar” jobs, but make themselves employable.
In his remark, the immediate past President of United Churches of Christ in Nigeria (TEKAN), Revered Emmanuel Dziggan, commended the Buhari-led administration in its efforts towards ending insurgency in the North East; adding that, they should also act swiftly, in order to get the country out of recession.
Southern Kaduna has been characterized by series of attacks and reprisal attacks for more than two years now. Hundreds of lives were lost and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.