The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, an umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna people, says that the Tuesday invasion of the Nigerian Defence Academy is a plot of the President, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s attempt to turn Nigeria into another Afghanistan.
Recall that gunmen wearing army uniform, in the early hours of Tuesday, invaded the country’s foremost military institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka, Kaduna, killing two officers and abducting one.
The PUNCH gathered that when the gunmen entered the NDA permanent site along Airport Road, Afaka, in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State around 1am, they came through a broken fence and caught the residents unawares.
It was learnt that the gunmen, who headed in different parts of the premises, caught the officers on duty off guard because they were wearing military uniform.
Condemning the attack, SOKAPU noted that if nothing is done on the current attack, Buhari’s regime might be rehearsing a “script.”
The spokesman for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, said in an interview with The PUNCH, that the impunity and daring way in which the attack was carried out without any casualties on the part of the invaders pointed to a more serious danger to Nigeria’s democracy.
He stated, “This attack, the killing of two officers and the kidnapping of another one at the NDA, to be honest, did not come to SOKAPU as a surprise at all. This is because even the barracks of the Command and Staff College, Jaji, which is between Zaria and Kaduna, has been invaded a few times this year by the same armed men, who went away with cattle and other loot.
Binniyat warned that if drastic measures were not taken to apprehend the armed men, there could be a repeat of the situation in Afghanistan in Nigeria.
“The President’s past words, actions and controversial policies show that he may not mind transferring power to such a crop of extremists.
“Perhaps, this unfortunate and unacceptable development will wake up everyone to the reality that apart from Buhari, his governors and maybe, service chiefs, we are all sitting ducks in the hands of outlaws, who may be executing a sinister agenda to take over Nigeria.
“We are calling on all moderate Muslims, all Christians and all men of honour and courage to stand in unity and denounce this shameful development and call Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to take their primary responsibility seriously before we sink lower than we have ever imagined.”