Sultan exonerates Miyetti Allah of killings, calls for decisive action
Written by Morenike Adebayo on January 19, 2018
The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has stressed the need to stop the ongoing loss of lives across the country, warning religious and political leaders to avoid inflammatory utterances that could further worsen the situation.
The Sultan also queried the competence of security agencies and their inability to stop the attacks and killings by herdsmen in Benue State.
Sultan of Sokoto, who is also the President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, spoke in Abuja at the first General Assembly of Inter-faith Dialogue forum with the theme, ‘Living together, achieving together.’
The Sultan admitted being the patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria, but exonerated the body from the ongoing killings. He also explained that the group had no control over the Fulani herdsmen, whom he said were preoccupied with their animals in the bush.
The monarch urged Nigerians to be more concerned about the daily loss of lives instead of the religion or ethnicity of the victims.
The CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, who was represented by the Bishop of Yola, Reverend Stephen Mamza, accused the nation’s leaders of insincerity, for failing to implement recommended solutions. He however expressed the hope that the gathering would proffer solutions to the challenge.