Several high-profile Nigerians in the entertainment industry have taken part in a campaign calling for an end to the ongoing violence targeting communities in southern Kaduna state.
A series of short videos entitled “Stop the Killings in Southern Kaduna,” which were released on 9 August, featuring the actresses Ada Amah and Kate Henshaw; actors Chinedu Ikedieze and Charles Inojie; music artists Joel Amadu, Do2un OAP, Sound Sultan and Ice Prince Zemani; comedian Steven Onu (aka Yaw), Creative Entrepreneur Efe Omorogbe, Business executive Ikhane Akhigbe and the Founder and CEO of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) Chioma UDE.
One of the artists, Joel Amadi, who is “a victim of the killings in southern Kaduna,” related how he lost his father, who was among the victims of a Fulani militia attack on the Zikpak community near Kafanchan on 24 July.
Mr Amadi had been alerted during the attack and issued several tweets calling on Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai to send security agents based less than 2km from the village to the area, but none came. Mr Amadi concluded: “I want the whole world to hear my voice. I want peace. I want unity to reign.”
The current campaign of violence targeting communities in southern Kaduna has continued relentlessly since January 2020 and is characterised by murder, looting, rape, abductions for ransom, forced displacement and occupation.