Abuja – A coalition of several Islamic groups in Nigeria, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has described as “absurd” suggestions that Fulani herdsmen are responsible for the killing of villagers in different parts of the country.
According to Premium Times, the organization, which is led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, said this in a statement on Sunday.
“It is indeed absurd and most unfortunate that certain groups or people ascribe the incidence on ethnic and/or religious premise and to whimsically apportion blame in order to batter the gradual restoration of peace and security in Nigeria,” read part of the statement.
The group, however, made it clear that it had received with “great shock and deep concern” the news of continued killings and maiming of innocent lives.
At least over 20 people were killed in Enugu by Fulani herdsmen on Monday last week.
The herdsmen were accused of killing, raping and robbing members of their host communities.
The Sun quoted the group as urging Nigerians to be cautious of packaging crimes on religious and ethnic garments, adding that crimes are abominable and whoever commits them is criminal.
“Security agencies should brace up in being proactive and utilize maximally intelligence reports in order to nip-in the board possible eruptions of security problems within and around communities,” the group reportedly said.
- News24 Nigeria