How my Dad was murdered by Herdsmen – Singer Joel Amadi reveals
Hip-hop superstars Joel Amadi has opened up on how his father was murdered by suspected herdsmen who launched an attack on a village in Southern Kaduna in one of the recent attacks by the armed group.
Joel Amadi said his father owns a pig and he was killed whike checking on his pigs. The singer said this when he spoke to Punch’s Sunday Scoop.
In his words;
“My father went to check on the pigs he was rearing on his farm on Friday evening. That was where he was killed. He was shot thrice in the head.
“When I posted some tweets yesterday (Friday), it caught the attention of the state’s First Lady, Hadiza El-Rufai, and she directed me to a certain colonel who is in charge of a taskforce in the state. The colonel then made some enquiries to know whether security operatives were on the ground in the area, and that was the only effort he made. Meanwhile, I have been reliably informed that the area is still not safe. There are no soldiers on the ground. There are only few policemen stationed there for the mass burial of the victims including my dad. Nine lives were lost in the incident.”
The “Hold On” crooner said the Kaduna State Government need to do more in securing the lives of the people of the state especially those living in remote areas.
“I want Governor Nasir El-Rufai to know that this would not stop. I am not coming violently against the Kaduna State government. However, I would use my platform to make sure that the governor and his cabinet ensure the security of lives in the state.
“I would also work towards getting international organisations to know about the issue. It is so sad that I lost my father but it’s not just about him. I will make sure he didn’t die in vain. As I speak with you, people have deserted the village. Where are they supposed to go? One’s village is supposed to be one’s last resort but now, the villagers would have to run to the city. If the governor is aware of these killings and he’s not taking concrete action, then it’s time for we (the people) to do something. I have never spoken against bad governance but this time, I can assure the governor that he would hear my voice.”
Joel Amadi also took to social media to lend his voice. He wrote this on his social media;
“that the killings of innocent souls is enough! As a representative, i urge you to use your position and power to curb and possibly put a stop to terrorism in Kaduna State. Thank you. “