Prosecute Christian Association of Nigeria President, Senator, Others, for Southern Kaduna Crisis, Council of Imams Tells Govt.
The Council of Imams and Ulamas, an umbrella body for Muslim clerics in Kaduna state, on Monday, told the state government to arrest and prosecute
the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Samson Olasopu Ayojunle, the Senator representing Southern Kaduna senatorial zone, Senator Danjuma Laah, a House of Representative member from the Southern Kaduna, Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung and Dr. John Danfulani for allegedly instigating the crisis in Southern Kaduna.
Sheikh Abubakar Babantune, the Chairman of the Islamic Clerics, who addressed a press conference in Kaduna, alleged that the inflammatory statements made by the CAN President and others instigated the crisis, even though it is widely believed that the crisis in the Southern Kaduna was caused by the mindless killings and destruction of property by armed militia believed to be Fulani herdsmen.
Babantune also blamed the Secretary General of CAN , Rev. Musa Asake and the leadership of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) for the crisis.
He said the Islamic clerics will support any legal step by the federal and Kaduna state governments to deal with any individual or group of persons with the intention of causing further disturbances or breach of peace in the state.
He noted that in the last one year , Kaduna stats has not witnessed peace as a result of activities of some mischief makers and reckless utterances from Southern Kaduna political and religious leaders.
According to him, the recent events in the southern part of the state, especially the recent Kafanchan demonstration, was organised by those, who, according to him, don’t want peace in Southern Kaduna.
“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.
“The Council of Imams and Ulama is most disturbed with the recent events in the southern part of the state in particular the recent demonstration organised by persons who don’t want peace in Kafanchan which led to the merciless killings and destruction of property worth millions of naira..
“To actualize their sentimental zeal by way of making insinuative statements that could destabilize the state, 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” Babantune said.
He added that the failure of previous governments to punish the perpetrators of past crises led to all subsequent crises in the state.