The looming crises in Kaduna State. View the emptiness of our highways, markets and the streets, this dates back to the year 2000, when all I could hear from my school then Command Secondary School Kaduna, was gunshots and hovering clouds of smokes all over the city.
The skies became red and dusty, the roads and streets that were empty of humans were littered with abandoned cars and many other burnt vehicles, it was also a sight of burnt houses and burnt churches, no one knew when it will end.
To fill our eyes with more amazements, we stayed glued to our windows from our classes to see the amount of civilians that trooped into the school premises for safety. We were meant to march on to our dinning, thereafter, hostels as preps for both afternoon and evenings where cancelled.
On and on the sound of gunshots never stopped, as we were so afraid that an uncontrollable war or should I say riot might break into the safety of our school. As adolescents, questions keep prompting on in our hearts if there were really needs for our military personnel’s in the school to really allow people to troop into the safety of our school, but it happened on and on and on.
Let us date back to a year before, when it was an issue of sharia law, it really seemed that the riot that began was that of a religious crises, where everything was really segmented and from records, it was deduced that a lot of Christians were killed in that riot.
Then the imposing sect even wrote books, about the law, so many sharia courts were established. I might not be accurate on when it amalgamated or even originated, but the dominance that year was so fierce that it extended to other states that had little or no concern for such.
From our research at innyouu.com, it was deduced that the crises in Kaduna state started far back around the 1980s, which started in Zonkwa in Kaduna south, Kaduna state. Where the issue of dominance originated between the Christian and the Muslim which resulted into a religious riot and consequently bloodshed.
My present personal experience
The mayhem started at kasuwan magani, where a lot of people where killed and movements were restricted consequently resulting to the closure of the market, but it wasn’t as serious as the present but it flared up into an act of revenge, which has always been the case, RETALIATION.
The present day riot took off on Sunday towards evening, I was in my fiancée’s house when different calls were coming into her sister’s phone. I had a flat battery as at that moment therefore I had no idea that my uncle was already trying to reach me. He couldn’t reach me either through my fiancee’s phone too because she had problem with hers.
Haven observed what was already going on, I decided to take my leave and in order to get home in time because I realized that a lot of people including my uncle might have been trying my line and won’t be able to reach me.
When I got to the junction where I intend boarding a tricycle back home, there was none at all as the road was already empty and full of some civilians running back home with their legs touching the back of their heads.
I joined the train of fleeing individuals jogging as fast as I could, when I got to Command junction, there were already soldiers along the road, and they stopped us to ask where we were coming from and to where are we heading to. Before we could provide any answers, we were asked to frog jump for over five minutes after which we were released to continue our movement.
Suddenly I got to chapel, crossed the Sabo express road and diverted into bahago street. The street was as busy as hell with all kinds of individuals talking and deliberating about the happenings of the day. I quietly went into the house as I had already arrived home.
24 hours curfew was imposed for almost 48 hours, before the government of the state reviewed the situation and lifted it 5 PM daily to dusk. While we were enjoying the left over peace and tranquility, people from Kaduna south arose again with the killing of the Adara paramount ruler, who was adopted by kidnappers a week ago, and was finally slayed to death by his abductors.
It was like the matter will never end, a 24 hours curfew was imposed again, no airtime to purchase as vendors of airtime had no time to redistribute, business strived poorly, theft in stores and theft on abandoned market items loomed around.
Farmers couldn’t continue with their dry season harvest. Helicopters were seen hovering the atmosphere on and on. Who will pray for Kaduna, because this is more than just a religious, tribal, or political crises.