The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to arrest and prosecute suspected killers in southern Kaduna.
The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA ), condemned the killings, describing them as unjust, heinous and dastardly.
He said the NSCIA was particularly grieved that as at the last count, no fewer than 808 lives of innocent Nigerians have been lost.
In a statement by the Director of Administration, NSCIA, Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo, the Muslims denounced the killings and destruction particularly because they run contrary to fundamental Islamic law which ordains human life to be sacred and strongly forbids its unlawful destruction except for a just reason.
“The NSCIA would like the Federal Government and Kaduna State government to go a step further by proffering lasting solutions to these recurrent acts of hatefulness and savagery in southern Kaduna.
”We also call on the Federal Government to objectively investigate the matter and prosecute whoever is found guilty irrespective of the person’s tribe, creed and/or social status.
“We urge all Nigerians to continue to promote justice, preach, teach and live in peace with one another. We enjoin all Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used by forces of evil, some of which may hide behind tribal, political or even religious garbs in order to perpetrate these heinous acts,” the Muslims said.
The Sultan quoted from a verse of the holy Quran (Quran 5: 32) to warn against unjust killing.
“If anyone slew a person –unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief on the land- his punishment would be as if he slew humanity as a whole and if anyone saved a life, his reward would be as if he saved the lives of humanity as a whole,” the Sultan added.