By: Akon Eddy, Kaduna
The Council of Imams and Ulama, Kaduna State, has called for the arrest of President, Christians Association of Nigeria, CAN, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, Rev. Zachariah Gado, Chairman 19 DCC Fellowship, Senator representing Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, Senator Danjuma La’ah and others for making inflammatory statements that instigated the crisis.
The Council of Imams and Ulama also credited the lingering crises in the area to activities of some mischief makers and the reckless utterances of Southern Kaduna political and religious leaders.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the Council’s chairman and Secretary General; Sheikh Abubakar Babatunde and Aminu Ibrahim, and made available to the media Monday.
The statement reads in part; “In the last one year or so, Kaduna State has not been in peace resulting from the activities of some mischief makers and the reckless utterances of southern Kaduna political and religious leaders.
“Several news report credited to southern Kaduna political and religious leaders urging their people to take arms to defend themselves and nothing was done to prevent its occurrence until the worse had happened. Thus, the situation degenerated into the senseless and merciless massacre of hundredth of Hausa/Fulani Muslims in that area.
“These few cases and others drew the attention of the Council to call on the government to arrest and prosecute persons who made inflammatory statements that instigated the crises, these include;
“Reverend Zachariah Gado – Chairman 19 DCC Fellowship;
Dr. Samson Olasopu Ayokunle – the President Christians Association of Nigeria and the Secretary General, Rev Dr. Musa Asake;
Senator Danjuma La’ah – Senator representing Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone; Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung – member representing Zangon Kataf/Java Federal Constituency; Barrister Solomon Musa, SOKAPU President and all his executive members; Dr. John Danfulani and any person found involved
“The Council is in support of the Federal and Kaduna State Government in taking any measures legally to deal with any individual or group of persons without fear or favour with the intention of causing further disturbances or breach of peace in order to have a lasting peace in the state.”