- Fulanis are not responsible for the killings in some parts of the country, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi has declared
- He said if Fulanis are killers, they would have stared killing years ago
- Bauchi who lamented the spate of killings in some parts of the country said it has no religious colorations
Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, a renowned Islamic scholar, has declared that against popular believe, Fulanis are not responsible for the killings in some parts of the country
Sheikh Bauchi who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen Wednesday, July 18, insisted that killings have no religious colorations.
“Fulani are not new, they are not guests in Nigeria, they are well known as one of the respected tribes. If they are killers, they would have started the killings hundreds of years back not now, the killers disguised and hide with the intention to paint a particular tribe black. Fulani are known to have sticks and bow and arrow but you are saying the killers have gun. Who gave Fulani herdsmen gun? It’s the responsibilities of a government to fish out the culprits and punish them,” he said.
Going further, he added that: “If anyone commits a crime, such person should be identified as a criminal and made to face the full wrath of the law. Fulani lived with people across the world, they live peacefully, why should they take up arms against the people they are living together with hundreds of years ago?”
He also said that: “The basic responsibilities of every government is to protect life, to protect shedding of blood, to protect human joints, to protect families, to protect properties and human dignity.
“The responsibilities of the citizenry is to listen to constituted authorities, to cooperate with them by being law abiding in order to have sustainable peace across the country.”
“The spate of killings going on in some parts of the country has no religious colorations. The killings and the perpetrators were given a religious coloration in order to cause confusion. We have two dominant religions in Nigeria, Islam and Christianity, and the two religions do not allow anyone to shed the blood of anybody, to kill, to take away properties or burn the entire properties and such dastardly act is not permissible in any religion.”
“Since we are now in a democracy, people should access the performance of their respective governments. If they perform well, they should vote for them again to continue but if they didn’t do well, you vote them out. They should vote people that they believe will improve their living condition at the expiration of their tenure and instead of taking arms they should make the best use of their permanent voters card to bring the changes they desire.
“Both Islam and Christian religions respect and protect all human lives, rights and public dignity and will not allow anyone to kill his fellow human beings,” he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the special representative of United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, claimed the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier.
Chambas, who is head, UN Office for West African and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risks changing into terrorist attacks.
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