The dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the Military, on a mere whim of unsubstantiated suspicion, leaves much to be desired. It clearly depicts that Muslims have become endangered species as they are murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism.
The sad incident of Keana 15 is another scenario where the settlements of innocent Muslims were mercilessly massacred. These are people who have been exonerated by the State Governor as being peace loving people and law abiding. It is questionable that an operation of this magnitude would be carried out without the knowledge of the Chief Security Officer of the State, nor other relevant security bodies. JNI is concerned that the perpetrators of these genocidal acts against Muslims may go scot-free as it was the case with Apo Killings and other similar heinous acts.
The Benue State Governor and his deputy have recently extoled the Fulani of Benue for the long outstanding relationship and social cohesion between them. The social relationship between them had been sustained for almost a century.
How can all these suddenly changed whereby Fulani in the next neighbour were accused of simplicity?
The various reports of human right abuses and massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Maiduguri by the Military, as reported by human right groups, is painful and unacceptable.
Criminals, on one hand and the supposed protectors of the innocent on the other, have hemmed in innocent muslims.
We have found the usage of the term Fulani herdsmen, hiding their religious identity as an attempt to wipe out Muslims in the guise of fighting terrorism. This is absurd.
Why is it that when a Christian commits a crime it is not called a Christian crime or terrorism? The fact remains, crime is crime.
It is sad to note that a Muslim milk-maid who was a mother of five, was raped and killed by a military man around Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory.
We are not aware of any step taken by the military authority on the matter. As usual, they will buy time and the case will die.
We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilize the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden grand agenda to destabilize Muslims in Nigeria, the Zamfara State incidence is a case in study.
An event where vigilante 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 citizen to do something before it gets out of hand.
Where is the human right 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 deterrent to others and forestall future occurrence?
The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarise security agencies along religious line. It will have far reaching negative effect in the country, especially at this time, when efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.
JNI unequivocally condemns the extra judicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the raping and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human right abuses on innocent Muslims in Maiduguri.
We strongly call on government to bring to justice, the perpetrators of all these transgressions against innocent citizens who have the right to practice the religion they chose.
Dr. Khalid Is Secretary-General of Jamatu Nasril Islam