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How religious, political leaders fuel killings in Nigeria – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has given details of how religious leaders and politicians fuelled killings in Nigeria. Declaring that Nigeria “can definitely not continue like this.

These killings must be stopped,” the Sultan who spoke through a statement issued by Deputy Secretary General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, maintained that some religious and political leaders are worsening the security situation with their utterances and actions.

The NSCIA had earlier carpeted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nigeria Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) and some political leaders over the killings in the country and the President General of the group added that he decided not to engage the naysayers in order not to aggravate the situation in the country as Muslims remain the major target of the killers. Besides, the council described the situation of insecurity in the country, especially recent killings in Plateau as terrible, wicked, evil, disastrous, devilish and calamitous.

“The truth is that similar incidents have occurred in other States like Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa and Zamfara in recent times. Nigeria can definitely not continue like this. These killings must be stopped!” In the statement entitled: “Killings: Let the truth be told,” the NSCIA insisted that Muslims remain the major target of the killers.

The statement reads in part: “Contrary to the impression being created by those who are paid to misinform the public, Muslims were the targeted victims of the killings generally presented as herdsmen killing.

It is the maturity of the council that does not allow us to make the situation worse by using emotive language based on the level of violence wreaked on Muslims. “It is also instructive that the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bauchi State Chapter, has described the disturbing situation Nigerians are witnessing in its true light. According to the Chairman, Reverend Joshua Ray Miller, the attacks are the handiwork of saboteurs and a grand conspiracy to make Nigeria ungovernable, hence make the Buhari Administration appear unpopular as the 2019 general elections approach.”

The statement quoted Ray Miller saying, “It is unfortunate that some people are hiding under the disguise of local Fulani herdsmen to perpetrate these killings and from what we are witnessing, they are heading towards the realms of power at the Federal level.”

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