Mus­lim rights group al­leges geno­cide against Fu­la­nis

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Mus­lim Rights Con­cern (MURIC) has de­cried what it de­scribed as stereo­typ­ing and tar­geted at­tacks against Fu­lani herds­men, say­ing at­tack against Fu­la­nis was in­vari­ably at­tack against Mus­lims.

Di­rec­tor of MURIC Prof. Ishaq Ak­in­tola said yes­ter­day in a state­ment that the 2nd April, 2014 killings of 15 in­no­cent Fu­la­nis by soldiers in Kadarko and Ru­gar Ardo So­dangi set­tle­ments of Keana Lo­cal Govern­ment, Nasarawa State among oth­ers were dis­taste­ful.

“We of the MURIC are deeply con­cerned par­tic­u­larly as this tragic sce­nario con­sti­tutes the emerg­ing pat­tern in sev­eral parts of North­ern Nigeria, par­tic­u­larly in Plateau, Benue and Adamawa,” he said.

Cat­tle-graz­ing is not new in Nigeria and it had been very peace­ful in the past, the state­ment said.

It noted that “re­cently there ap­pears to be a kind of or­ga­nized re­sis­tance and stereo­typ­ing of the Fu­lani herds­men. This is what we find dis­turb­ing.

“Wit­nesses have re­port­edly con­firmed that ef­forts at rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween Fu­lani herds­men and their neigh­bours have al­ways been frus­trated by ex­ter­nal forces who per­pe­trate fresh killings just when peace ac­cords have ei­ther been signed or were about to be signed.”

Prof Ak­in­tola said MURIC finds all these dis­turb­ing adding “We won­der if we are not wit­ness­ing some kind of eth­nic cleans­ing with the Fu­lani as the main tar­get.”

He said: “The Nige­rian Mus­lim com­mu­nity as a stake­holder in na­tion-build­ing is also aware of the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Fu­lani and the re­li­gion of Is­lam and, by ex­ten­sion, the Mus­lim Ummah of Nigeria. Any hos­tile act against the Fu­lani is there­fore an in­di­rect at­tack on Mus­lims. Geno­cide aimed at the Fu­lani is in­du­bitably mass killing of Mus­lims. It is war against Is­lam.”

He said Nigeria may be pro­mot­ing re­gional ten­sion ca­pa­ble of af­fect­ing re­la­tion­ship with coun­tries in the re­gion and that back­lashes against non-Fu­lani Nige­ri­ans do­ing businesses in those places may be­come in­evitable.

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