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27 Nov 2017

Herdsmen Under Attack Because They are Muslims - MURIC

It has been reported that the Fulani herdsmen are being discriminated against on the basis of religion in the Nigerian society.

Professor Ishaq Akintola
The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has said those patronizing “anti-Fulani sentiments do so because of their hatred for Muslims and their inability to tolerate Islam.”

MURIC said this while noting that those who speak evil of “Fulanis are fully aware that more than 95% of the Fulani population is Muslim.”

In a statement by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group said the same people who “whip up” sentiments against the Fulanis are also inciting “Nigerians against herdsmen.”

Akintola claimed that all the, “imbroglio” against the Fulanis would melt away should they Fulani “revert to Christianity en masse.”

The organization also condemned the massacre of about 60 Fulani herdsmen few days ago in Shaforon, Kikem and Kodemti villages in Numan.

The statement sent to DAILY POST reads, “About sixty Fulanis including women and children were allegedly massacred six days ago in Shaforon, Kikem and Kodemti villages in Numan. Fingers are pointing at Bachama militia men.

“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this wanton waste of human life. It is horrendous, heartless and barbaric. It is nothing short of ethnic cleansing and a crime against humanity.

“It will be recalled that over 130 Fulani people were also killed in June this year as hundreds of Fulani villages on the Mambilla Plateau were raided by members of the Mambilla tribe allegedly on the orders of the chairman of Sardauna Local Government Area, Mr. John Yep.

“We are deeply disturbed by the rate at which ethnic violence is erupting in Nigeria. We are equally constrained to blame the recent attack on authors of hate speech, particularly those motivated by anti-Fulani, anti-North and anti-Muslim sentiments.

“We contend that these primordial emotions are inter-connected and cannot be separated with microscopic accuracy. Those who whip up anti-Fulani sentiments do so because of their hatred for Muslims and their inability to tolerate Islam. Those who speak evil of Fulanis are fully aware that more than 95% of the Fulani population is Muslim.

“The same people incite Nigerians against herdsmen. They have forgotten that every profession has inherent values and every Nigerian worker renders one service or another to the nation. Instead of appreciating hard-working itinerant herdsmen, tribal and religious sentiment blind authors of hate speech. We contend that all the anti-Fulani imbroglio would melt like ice cream in the hot sun today if the Fulani population revert to Christianity en masse.”

The Islamic group urged security agencies to ensure that those behind the killings in Taraba State are brought to justice.

“While we commiserate with the Taraba people on these brutal killings, we charge the Nigerian security agencies to bring the culprits to book. We call on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate these atrocities. We also urge the United Nations to set up an international judicial commission of inquiry into this horrible crime against humanity.

“MURIC invites authors of hate speech to change their mindset. Perception has the capacity to becloud minds and rob humanity of fair assessment. Ethnic jingoism limits human interaction, blocks opportunities and debilitates understanding while acrobatic religiousity deprives humanity of that thin veneer of civilization and erodes its infinitesimally small atom of sagacity,” the statement added.

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