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Sultan, Onaiyekan, CAN task FG on herdsmen

Magnus Eze, Abuja

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari  to immediately deploy all the security apparatus at his disposal and arrest the current carnage  in the Middle-Belt  Region of the country, manifesting as herders-farmers’ clashes. 

Speaking at the second edition of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja, yesterday, Abubakar, enjoined all Nigerians especially religious leaders to toe the path of peace. 

He said the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), was not a terrorist group, arguing that calling for its proscription, was equivalent to calling for the abolition of other ethnic organisations like the Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.  

The Sultan described Miyetti Allah as an organisation of Fulani people concerned with their business interest, noting that he as the patron of the 32-year-old association he would not subscribe to violence or killing of anybody, irrespective of the religion or tribe.

“This is not time to apportion blames because the women and children killed will never come back even if we shout in the media till thy kingdom come; the killings must stop now. What we owe these people that have been killed is for the killings to stop.

“Miyetti Allah doesn’t control any Fulani man. Somebody said the other day that the association should be proscribed. But calling for proscription of Miyetti Allah is equivalent to calling for the proscription of other ethnic organisations like Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.  

“It was formed 32 years ago and these crises were not there.  I am the patron and we have never asked Fulani herdsmen to kill anybody. 

“Any Fulani man caught killing is a criminal and should be treated as such. What are the security agencies doing? If they have failed, they should accept that they have failed,” the monarch stated. 

He said the issue at hand was neither ethnic nor religious, but actually an economic problem, noting that the solution was for the various leaders to sit down and dialogue.

The Sultan continued: “As religious leaders, we have to be very careful with what we say; because it carries weight, our followers listen to us very seriously. 

“We must believe in one another, trust and love ourselves because that is what our two major religions preach. We must continue to speak with one voice. 

“We should not be labelling everybody a criminal because his brother is a criminal.  People are saying; label Miyetti Allah a terrorist group.  No, we are not terrorists and can’t join terrorism. 

“This thing didn’t start today, in the past eight years, I have been to Benue many times to discuss this issue.  We had met for hours and agreements reached, yet nothing has been implemented.  Why?

“The former governors of Benue and Nasarawa are still alive, they know all these. Even the present governor of Benue had written to me to come again with my peace mission, but we had not had the opportunity before this round of crisis. 

“We must come to the bottom of this issue, how come these Fulani men are carrying guns without the security men knowing?” 

President of CAN, Dr. Samson Olasupo, said Christians at all levels believe in peace; while pointing out that there was a lot of deceit among religious leaders.   Represented by Bishop Stephen Manza, the CAN president called for sincerity on all fronts: “ This is time for us to speak with one voice; but my concern is whether we are sincere in what we are doing.  

“We religious leaders, we deceive people a lot. We say one thing when we have another thing in mind.  Our tribal and religious affiliations have overshadowed our Nigerianness.   “The problem is that we keep mute once a person is killed and a member of our faith is not the victim. 

“Another thing is that we identify with people of our faith even when the person is doing the wrong thing.

“We all know that President Buhari is not handling the security situation in the country well, but certain persons are not talking may be because he is a Muslim.  And when Jonathan was there, some Christian leaders kept quiet because he is a Christian.” 

Onaiyekan maintained that the happenings in the country were not beyond Nigerians to handle and just like the CAN leader, he harped on sincerity. “We shouldn’t be praying for peace, when in the real sense, we are the ones causing crises everywhere. Talking for peace will give peace if there is truth. 

“We must learn to build trust, trusting one another. We must join hands to do what is right,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), will meet next month in Abuja, over happenings in the country, particularly the tensions caused by bloody killings in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna states.

President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Co-Chairman of the inter-faith body, the Sultan, who disclosed this said there was urgent need for religious leaders to tour the various states to douse the palpable tensions in the land.

He said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) agreed with the date he proposed with the CAN President and released some fund for the programme

“I want to give you good news, that by the next couple of weeks, we are reconvening NIREC. I am talking with the CAN President, we will meet in Abuja and discuss.

“I invite all of you to be part of the plenary. I think the arrival date is February 19, while the plenary is the next day. The CAN President and I have agreed on the date; and the SGF has also agreed with the date and they released some funding for us.

“I keep on repeating it, things are not okay, but they are not as bad as they are made to look especially in the social media. Let us go round and speak to one another, not just staying in our comfort zones.” 

NIREC came into being at the dawn of democracy in 1999 as a platform for high level dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders in the country with the intent to promote public good and harmonious co-existence as well as deal with the recurring crises often attributed to religion.

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  1. Kamalu 19th January 2018 at 7:31 am

    Hear the “MAJOR HERDSMEN KILLER PATRON”-Speaking at the second edition of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja, yesterday, Abubakar, enjoined all Nigerians especially religious leaders to toe the path of peace.

    He said the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), was not a terrorist group, arguing that calling for its proscription, was equivalent to calling for the abolition of other ethnic organisations like the Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

    The Sultan described Miyetti Allah as an organisation of Fulani people concerned with their business interest, noting that he as the patron of the 32-year-old association he would not subscribe to violence or killing of anybody, irrespective of the religion or tribe.

    “This is not time to apportion blames because the women and children killed will never come back even if we shout in the media till thy kingdom come; the killings must stop now. What we owe these people that have been killed is for the killings to stop.

    “Miyetti Allah doesn’t control any Fulani man. Somebody said the other day that the association should be proscribed. But calling for proscription of Miyetti Allah is equivalent to calling for the proscription of other ethnic organisations like Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

    “It was formed 32 years ago and these crises were not there. I am the patron and we have never asked Fulani herdsmen to kill anybody.

    “Any Fulani man caught killing is a criminal and should be treated as such. What are the security agencies doing? If they have failed, they should accept that they have failed,” the monarch stated.

    He said the issue at hand was neither ethnic nor religious, but actually an economic problem, noting that the solution was for the various leaders to sit down and dialogue.

    The Sultan continued: “As religious leaders, we have to be very careful with what we say; because it carries weight, our followers listen to us very seriously.

    “We must believe in one another, trust and love ourselves because that is what our two major religions preach. We must continue to speak with one voice.

    “We should not be labelling everybody a criminal because his brother is a criminal. People are saying; label Miyetti Allah a terrorist group. No, we are not terrorists and can’t join terrorism.
    TRUE TALK HIS EMINENCE!!!! YOU’VE JUST TOLD NIGERIANS THE ANSWER THEY’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. WE NOW KNOW WHO IS THE CHIEF PATRON OF “FULANI KILLER HERDSMEN”. MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH BLESS YOU FOR THIS ETERNAL REVELATIONS.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 19th January 2018 at 7:34 am

    The enemy- fulani criminal terrorists got into this territory of thenatives with the Sword, must be erased in this territory of the natives with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. Burn Down their criminal palaces in Sokoto, Kano, Katsina etc. Annihilate and Burn Down anyone who parades himself as sultan, emir etc. Burn Down their emirates and everything connected and associated with it. God Is With Us!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 19th January 2018 at 7:40 am

    The illiterate criminal caliphate, sultan, emirates, emirs etc. has been Disbanded in this territory of the natives by the natives of this territory of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. Annihilate anyone who parades himself as sultan, emir etc., Burn Down their so-called emirates, caliphate and everything connected and associated with it- their era in this territory of the natives is over, their days are over. God Is With Us!!!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 19th January 2018 at 9:45 am

    The leader of fulani criminal errorists call Saad, should know the killings has just started till the last fulani criminal terrorists, their criminal sultan, emir, palaces, criminal war mercenaries nickname military, police, herdsmen, cows, shelters, collaborators etc are erased in this territory of the natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. God Is With Us!!!

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 19th January 2018 at 10:08 am

    The so-called security agencies Saad quoted are brainwashed criminal war mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- used to keep fulani Political Control over this territory of the natives- it is over. The issue is not Economic as the said Saad is insinuating, it is Political- fulani criminal terrorists want to keep their Political Control over this territory of the natives at all cost- it is Futile, their end has come. God Is With Us!!!

  6. patrick Nnanna 19th January 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Sultan is not sincere.He is deceiving people he is meeting with using his office.You can deceive them in Nigeria but records available is that Sultan and Four other prominent Nothern politicians(names withheld),the,Chadians presidents are in close contact about the source of the arms and ammuntions of Boko Haram and the jihadist called ‘Herdsmen’.
    Yamen and Qater has shifted from it, the current supplier now is President Edoghan of Turkey thro The government in kartoum who has been in the fore front of Sponsering Boko Haram right from inception.The world knows this record but because Nigerian govt .shows no interest as to unveiling this secret officially, the world cannot help militarily except by relief materials.
    Sultan is not sincere and should stop deceiving Nigerians.

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 20th January 2018 at 8:09 pm

    The Disbanded caliphate, sultanate, emirates, sultan, emirs etc. are Political- which has come to an end in this territory of the natives. The illiterate rat call Saad is a coward, that is why he can’t come out openly, lead fulani criminal terrorists to defend their so cherished illiterate caliphate, sultanate, emirates etc., he hides behinds the scene, uses the illiterate touts call herdsmen and brainwashed illiterate fools nickname military, police etc. for his child’s play of molestation against women and children. It is a challenge- if he can, if he is not a coward, let him come out openly, lead fulani criminal terrorists in the ongoing Bloody Political War. God Is With Us!!!

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