By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Those using hate speeches to whip up anti-Fulani sentiments are doing so simply because they are Muslims and would cease fire if all the Fulanis convert to Christianity.
The Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, expressed this in a statement in which he appealed for those allegedly responsible for killing of 60 Fulanis in Adamawa State be fished out.
“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,” it said.
The group said that it was 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,” it emphasized.
MURIC strongly condemned what it described as the 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,” it added.
While commiserating with the the people on the brutal killings, MURIC charged 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,” it pointed out.
It would be recalled that 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.