The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, under the leadership of its President-General, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has expressed shock over the tragic bloodbath and savagery going on in Plateau State.
Sultan Abubakar noted with dismay that the formerly haven of peace and a pride to the nation, Plateau State, has relapsed into a state of anomie and intractable violence. In a statement signed by the Deputy Secretary-General of the council, Professor Salisu Shehu, the Sultan said: “Formerly a haven of peace and a pride to the nation, Plateau State, especially the three Local Government Areas of Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South, has relapsed into a state of anomie, a condition of intermittent, internecine and seemingly intractable violence.
“At the centre of this horrible and extreme criminality are the Berom non-Muslims, a bunch of evil and deadly ethnic supremacists whose brazen show of cannibalism astounded the world when they slaughtered, burnt and ate the flesh of several Muslims about a decade ago when the worshippers were waylaid at a major Islamic festival. It is the same terrorists that have turned Jos to a theatre of carnage again with the unbelievable discoveries being made in Lafendeg Du pond, where the car and belongings of a General of the Nigerian Army, Idris Alkali, were criminally deposited, among other traces of unimaginable horror. “NSCIA condemns in the strongest terms the unspeakable disappearance of Major-General Idris Alkali (rtd). We remonstrate the gruesome murder of several other Muslims, including Zayyanu Shallah, Manager, Department of Universal Service and Provision Fund, Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, and Jubril Mailafia, an award-winning Film Editor and Animator, in the same community.
“As responsible and civilised people, we must all collectively and unanimously condemn the killing of innocent souls regardless of whoever is perpetrating it and or whoever may be the victim. All human souls are sacred and they must be equally protected and valued. The usual silence of some self-styled religious leaders when their people are the perpetrators of crime and their cantankerous posturing and raucous cacophony when their followers are perceived as victims of mayhem smack of hypocrisy and wickedness in the sight of God and indeed, in the sight of all just, fair and humane people.