The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has called on the government to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna, instead of apportioning blames.
According to the group, it was horrifying that people saddled with the responsibility to protect the lives and property of the people have now resorted to blame game.
In a statement signed by the National President of the Middlebelt, Dr Pogu Bitrus, said their attention have been drawn to a statement credited to the Presidency which described the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna as politically motivated, hinged on banditry prosecuted along ethnic and religious factors.
“For over two months now, Southern Kaduna has been consistently reduced to a horrible gloomy cynosure of barbaric killings that have culminated into loss of lives and destruction of many communities, including kidnappings, among other criminal activities by terrorists.
“For the Presidency to issue such a statement when hundreds of people have been asininely slaughtered and thousands sacked from their homes and now in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps shows that it is either ignorant of the reality on ground or have chosen to toe the path of falsehood,” the group said, urging the government to stop the killings.