Council of lmams and Ulama in Kaduna State on Monday identified inflammatory statements as the major cause of the crisis in Southern Kaduna which claimed several lives.
The Council Chairman, Sheikh Abubakar Babantune, at a press conference on Monday in Kaduna said opinion moulders in the society who were behind the inflammatory statements instigated the crisis which later went uncontrollable.
The Council, consequently invited the Federal Government and the Kaduna State Government to fish out and arrest all the purveyors of the inflammatory statements in order to get to the root of the incident and check recurrence.
Sheikh Abubakar Babantune who said his Council was willing to assist government identified said the Senator representing Southern Kaduna senatorial district, Dr. Danjuma La’ah, CAN President, Dr. Samson Olasopu Ayokunle and CAN Secretary General, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake as those who dished out the inciting statements advised that they should all be arrested and prosecuted.
Others according to the Muslim clerics include chairman, 19 District Church Counccil of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Rev. Zachariah Gado, House member representing Zangon Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency, Barrister Sunday Marshal Katung, President Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Barrister Solomon Musa, Dr. John Danfulani and any other person or persons found involved.
He said, “In the last one year or so, Kaduna State has not been in peace resulting from the activities of some mischief makers and the reckless utterances of Southern Kaduna political and religious leaders.
“The council of lmams and Ulama is most disturbed with the recent events in the Southern part of the state in particular the recent demonstration organised by persons who don’t want peace in Kafanchan which led to the merciless killings and destruction of property worth millions of naira.
“To actualize their sentimental zeal by way of making insinuating statements that could destabilize the state, several news reports credited to Southern Kaduna political and religious leaders urging their people to take arms to defend themselves and nothing was done to prevent its occurrence until the worse had happened.
“Thus, the situation degenerated into the senseless and merciless massacre of hundreds of Hausa/Fulani Muslims in that area.”
The council threw its support for the federal and Kaduna State governments in taking any measures legally to deal with any individual or group of persons without fear or favour with the intention of causing further disturbances or breach of the peace in the State.