By Victor Ernest
President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday faulted the arrest of only Yorubas in the aftermath of the clash between the indigenes and the Hausa community in Ile-Ife.
Bakare, who is the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, stated this during a sermon on Sunday.
Importance of justice
Stressing the importance of justice and equity in nation-building, the cleric wondered what could have informed the arrest of members of a party in the crisis, leaving out the culprits on the other side.
”If there is a fight between two people, you don’t arrest one person and leave the other. What you do is to arrest the two and let the law take its course. To arrest one party and leave the other and even go ahead to justify it is an abuse.
He then advised that no one should be allowed to promote ethnic agenda in the country. ”That is not the way of righteousness,” he said.
The police had paraded 20 suspects of Yoruba extraction in Abuja last week, alleging that they masterminded the riot on 8 March, where 46 persons were reportedly killed.
Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, who conducted the parade, did not, however, give reasons why no Hausa, who were involved in the clashes, were arrested as suspects.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had justified the arrests, which some Yoruba groups and individuals had described as one-sided and unacceptable.