Islamic group accuses Army of killing innocent Muslims - Boko Haram
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar’s led Jama’atu Nasril Islam’s had on Monday in Kaduna accused officers of the Nigerian Army of killing innocent Muslims under the guise of fighting Boko Haram.
The Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, in a statement on behalf of the group expressed disappointment over the recent attack on Keana, Narasarawa state where innocent Muslims were killed.
According to the JNI, it is totally unacceptable for the military in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states to continue to kill innocent Muslims in the name of fighting terrorism.
The JNI said, “the dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the military on unsubstantiated suspicion leaves much to be desired, which clearly depicts that Muslims have become an endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately under the guise of fighting terrorism.
“We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilise the Muslims in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden agenda to destabilise Muslims in Nigeria, and cautiously reduce their rising human capital, then the Zamfara State incident should have removed this doubt.
“An event where vigilance personnel working to restore peace would be the subject of a grand massacre, tells much about the chaos and insecurity some enemies want to push our states into. We call on all our governors, politicians and indeed every well-meaning citizens to do something before it gets out of hand.”
The group added, “where is the human rights compliance and rule of engagement by the military personnel involved in maintaining peace and security? Why are the defaulting military personnel not brought to book as a deterrent?
“The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarise security agencies along religious line. It will have far-reaching negative effect on the country, especially at this material time, when the efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.
“JNI unequivocally condemns the extrajudicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the raping and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human rights abuses on innocent Muslims in Maidugri.
“We strongly call for the bringing to justice the perpetrators of transgression against innocent citizens who have the right to practise the religion they choose,” the statement added.
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