Arewa -“Killings in the north have nothing to do with religion”—
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has stated that the killings going on in Northern Nigeria have nothing to do with the tenets if religion.
During a Sallah message, the ACF spokesman, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu also called on elected officials to git the ground running so as to be able to discharge their duties on time.
Lamenting that the security situation in the country has become more worrisome, he said:
“ACF wishes to observe that the killings of innocent souls by insurgents, armed bandits, by clashes between herdsmen and farmers as well as cult and militia groups and kidnapping in parts of the North and Nigeria are inconsistent with the tenets of all religions.
“While commending the efforts of the security agencies, we urge them to redouble their efforts in combating the crimes which have continued to be worrisome to Nigerians.
“In the spirit of the seasons, ACF calls on Nigerians to embrace peaceful dialogue and forgiveness as the most religious and civilized means of addressing grievances rather than engage in hate speeches, threats and intimidation which are capable of degenerating into avoidable conflicts and conflagration that do no one or group any good.
“ACF wishes to appeal to those beating the drums of succession, separation and balkanisation of Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines to have a rethink, as we are all better in a united larger Nigeria than in small confederation of regions.”