The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has strongly condemned the wanton waste of human life that occurred in Numan.Taraba state.
MURIC described the killing as horrendous, heartless and barbaric act, which was nothing short of ethnic cleansing and a crime against humanity.
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.
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.
In a press release signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola,Director,Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), the rights group frowned at the rate at which ethnic violence erupting in Nigeria. MURIC blamed 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”.
“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”
While commiserating with the Taraba people on these 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.” the statement added.
MURIC however called on 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.” MURIC stated