General Buhari was the official Grand Patron of herdsmen before he became President. @Google it. If he wants S Kaduna killings to stop, he knows what to do. That they haven’t stop and are instead intensifying, is because it is what Buhari wants. I fear no one!
IPOB killed nobody, yet General Buhari sent Operation Python Dance to the Southeast. Herdsmen have killed thousands in S Kaduna, yet no Operation Python Dance is sent there. That is to show that General Buhari is in support of the killings in Southern Kaduna!
Some Muslims accuse me and other Christian leaders of being silent when herdsmen, bandits, and other marauders kill Muslims. This is silly. When Muslims kill fellow Muslims that is a crisis within the Islamic body of Nigeria and Christians should be wise before meddling into that, given past events in Nigeria. Such kind of meddling have led to mass killings of Christians in Northern Nigeria.
It is very risky for a non Muslim to entangle himself or herself in Muslim on Muslim killings. I only did so when General Buhari massacred Shiites, because Shiites. are a Muslim minority and had no protectors in Nigeria. So, I took the risk. I was the first voice with a significant platform that spoke and still speak against the treatment of the Shiites.
It is preposterous for Muslims to expect Christians to champion the fight to end Muslim against Muslim killings. Nigeria has the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), and other bodies. The heads of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature, are Northern Muslim males. The heads of 90% of Nigeria’s military agencies are Muslim, including the heads of the Ministry of Defence, Army, Airforce, Police, NSA, DMI, EFCC, DSS, DIA, NPS, NCS, NIS, NIA.
If, with all these, some Muslims still expect Christians to champion the fight to stop Muslim on Muslim killings, then I am sorry, but you are not being fair to us.
In 2006, a Danish cartoonist drew a cartoon considered blasphemous by Nigerian Muslims and Nigerian Christians were killed by Nigerian Muslims to punish him. Uncountable Christians have been killed, even beheaded by Muslims in Northern Nigeria for not minding their business, including Bridget Agbahime, who was beheaded on June 2, 2016 in Kano, and the Kano state Attorney General entered a no case submission against her suspected killers. We also have Pastor Eunice Elisha, who was killed in Abuja, on July 8, 2016, by Muslim youths, because she preached in a Muslim neighbourhood.
Since I was born, and I am now 46 years old, I have never read that Christians in Nigeria went about killing Muslims in a systematic and sustained manner. The challenge has always been with some Nigerian Muslims killing Nigerian Christians, not vice versa. Yes, Muslims are now killing fellow Muslims, especially in the North of Nigeria. It is unfortunate. However, Nigerian Christians are neither the cause or the solution.
However, I and other Christians leaders will continue to champion the struggle to end the killings of Christians by Muslims in Nigeria. That is our responsibility. We owe a duty of care to our parishioners and congregations. We will not keep quiet while Muslims, be they herdsmen, bandits, terrorists or Boko Haram, kill Christians.
And we reject the logic that we must not talk, because Muslims are also killing other Muslims. No. We will talk, because that is not our fault. We will appeal to leaders of the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to put their house in order.
Enough of these killings. On February 2, 2017, the United States Congress officially cited Nigeria as the “Most Dangerous Place for Christians in the World”. From Southern Kaduna, to Plateau, to Borno, to Benue, and virtually every state in Nigeria, Christians are becoming an endangered specie under General Buhari, a man who on August 27, 2001 said “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of Sharia in the country”. And now, 19 years later, we are seeing the attempt to actualise the promise he made. Are we expected to keep quiet about these disturbing facts because we do not want to rock the boat?
Let me just ask, what would be the response of the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria if Christians were killing Muslims and when they complain, Christian leaders tell them-‘Can’t you see they are also killing Christians?’
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