Popular TV broadcaster Kadaria Ahmed has been threatened over her role in the protest staged in Abuja over the mindless killings going on in Zamfara states.
The killing in Zamfara state has been partly attributed to the spate of unchecked illegal mining in the state.
The Zamfara government has said that a total of 3,526 persons were killed by armed bandits in the state in the last five years.
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As the killings continue unabated, a protest was convened in Abuja to call the attention of the federal government to the ugly incidents.
The ace journalist, Ms Ahmed, was one of the popular personalities who headlined the protest which was staged on Saturday, April 6.
Speaking during the protest, she urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security personnel to rise to the situation.
“We have the challenge of security situation all over the country, but that of Zamfara is clearly bad. We are tired of mass burial and that is why we are calling on PMB to intervene.
“Nobody is talking of these killings now among our leaders, and this is apparently disgusting. This issue involves lives and people deserve to be safe where ever they live in this country,’’ she said.
The protest has been widely adjudged to be successful as the federal government has taken steps towards addressing the killings. Apart from banning the mining activities in the state, the government also instructed the security agencies to end the activities of the bandits and restore normalcy to the state.
The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, April 9, visited Zamfara and pledged more decisive action against the bandits and kidnappers. Also on the same day, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) launched operation “Tsaftan Daji” (Clean Forest), to flush out bandits in Zamfara and other northwestern states.
Similarly, the Senate proposed that a N10 billion intervention be made part of the 2019 Budget to assist persons displaced by banditry in Zamfara. This followed a motion by Senator Kabiru Marafa on Wednesday, April 10, at the Upper Chamber. The Senate further called for establishment of a 10-year presidential initiative to cater to the needs of displaced persons affected by banditry in the state.
However, for her leading role in the protest, Ms Ahmed has been threatened by one Amb Abdulrahman Yahaya, @cardinalabdul, on Twitter.
In a tweet which seems to been hidden from public, Yahaya said: "Kadaria, you converted to Christianity in London. I was appalled when I heard her describing herself as a passionate citizen of Zamfara. By Islamic tenets, Kadaria is a walking corpse. She is supposed to have been killed as an apostate. She's a condemned soul."
Ms Ahmed shared a screenshot of the tweet notifying the Nigerian police about the threat to her life.
Other tweets by Yahaya indicates more clearly that his grievance with the popularly broadcaster was due to her role in the Zamfara protest.
Yahaya's threatening tweet has sparked up reactions from Nigerians on Twitter who have also reported him to the Nigerian police.
Zazingchi Murphy, @ZazingchiJourn1, in his tweet, condemned Yahaya's statements, adding that the statements are not in line with Islamic tenets.
Folorence Ozor in her response also condemned Yahaya's statement, saying "difference in views must never be grounds for threats, intimidation or death".
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari described as unfair the speculation that he is unconcerned about the killings in Zamfara state.
In a statement via his Facebook page on Sunday, April 7, the president said no other issue dominates his mind like the situation in Zamfara.
The president said he is constantly in touch with security chiefs and appealed to Nigerians not to politicise the tragic situation.
President Buhari expressed his condolence to families of victims of the attacks and assured that security operatives will bring justice.
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