The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has known as on the federal authorities to interact in dialogue and session over the disaster between Yoruba youths and Fulani herdsmen in the Southwest.
Recall that an activist, Sunday Adeyemo Igboho had issued a quit discover to the Hausa-Fulani in Igangan, Oke Ogun space of Oyo State.
The incident allegedly resulted in the destruction of homes and autos.
Reacting, MURIC suggested the Federal Government to use warning in dealing with the fragile scenario.
An announcement signed and despatched to Nairalovers by the group’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola stated the authorities should dialogue with stakeholders with a view to discovering options to the disaster.
According to MURIC, “The Igangan incident should be condemned by all lovers of peace. But at the identical time, we can’t shut our eyes to the ache and struggling of farmers and indigenes of the space whom criminals see as tender targets for kidnapping, armed theft, and many others. It is nevertheless crystal clear that it is not a spiritual matter, although some have been misled into labeling it an Hausa-Fulani affair. Our focus should be the criminals, not any tribe.
“While we do not endorse violence, we opine that folks whose farms have been destroyed have the proper to precise indignation. In the identical method, these whose relations or associates have fallen victims to legal actions like kidnapping and armed theft are justified to talk up. The solely distinction right here is that no single tribe should be held liable for all the crimes.
“This is as a result of criminals abound in all faiths and tribes in every single place in the world, not solely in Nigeria. We should subsequently handle crime and criminals. We should goal kidnappers and armed robbers, not any explicit ethnicity. Those who make the mistake of profiling folks of sure tribes will find yourself hurting respectable parts inside that tribe and that is towards the legislation of pure justice.
“With explicit reference to the Oyo and Ondo State incidents and the quit notices, MURIC reminds folks of the South West that the disaster cuts throughout ethnicities. The identical herdsmen are concerned in a number of states. Benue, Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Enugu, Onitsha, PortHarcourt, and many others, are going through the identical drawback of herdsmen versus farmers. In essence, the phenomenon is normal and not focused at the Yoruba per se.
“Almost all the northern states face the herdsmen versus farmers battle, banditry and kidnapping. People of the South West should take into account the destiny of 1000’s of their kinsmen from Ogbomosho, Offa, Iwo, Ibadan, and many others who’ve resided in the North for more than 100 years earlier than insisting on a normal expulsion of Northerners.
“Truth is bitter, however the earlier we are saying it the higher. Herdsmen haven’t any proper to destroy crops. This is the place folks have real grievances towards herdsmen. But indigenes should not label all herdsmen as kidnappers as a result of there are legislation abiding residents amongst them. Yet the most annoying factor is that many of the criminals are foreigners. Our suggestion is that it is these criminals and foreigners that the safety businesses (together with amotekun) should go after.
“Instead of making use of the large stick, MURIC advises the Federal Government to seek the advice of broadly with elders from all the states of the federation regarding the difficulty of herdsmen versus farmers with a view to discovering a complete resolution. FG should additionally search recommendation from different African international locations the place the identical disaster has been on the entrance burner at one time or the different since this battle is not restricted to Nigeria alone. It is nationwide, continental and common in dimension.
“To douse pressure instantly, each FG and the Oyo State authorities should undertake to speedily and adequately compensate victims of the latest battle in Igangan, Oyo State. FG specifically should take better duty as a result of it is the nationwide lacuna in safety issues that has been liable for the breakdown in legislation and order.
“Instead of issuing threats and counter-threats, we attraction to the numerous ethnicities in the nation to know the nature of the battle. Herders and farmers disaster is not a Nigerian drawback alone, it is common. Nigeria wants to hunt an everlasting panacea to its personal peculiar issues as an alternative of aggravating the battle. We should be taught from the conflict in Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and many others and the attendant humanitarian disasters. This remains to be avoidable in Nigeria.
“MURIC’s avowed motto is ‘Dialogue, Not Violence’. We therefore advocate wide scale dialogue in the present circumstances. MURIC advises the FG to apply caution in handling the fragile situation. FG should take responsibility, compensate victims of the attack in Oyo State and engage all stakeholders in dialogue. We call on governors in affected states to consult traditional rulers on the best solution to the crisis. All forms of confrontation and muscle-flexing should stop in the interest of peace.”
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