7th June, 2010
Unable to bear the continued harassment and killings that have trailed the violent crisis between the Shiites and the Sunnis, two Islamic sects, some Muslim leaders have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to save their souls.
According to the Islamic leaders, only the President could help them as they are in danger of being killed following the death of some of their colleagues in mysterious circumstances in Sokoto State,Â northern Nigeria.
They also accused the former Governor of Sokoto State, AlhajiAttahiru Bafarawa of sponsoring the Shiite Movement with the aim to continue to destabilise the polity and peaceful coexistence in State.
In a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to the President published in a national newspaper yesterday, the Sunni sect said they have sent two petitions within this year to the Presidency and some other agencies that they think could come to their aid.
They also mentioned some of their leaders that have been gruesomely murdered as a result of this crisis.
According to the SOS, the Sunni Movement ensured the demise of the former Governor of the State and his party, the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), adding that Bafarawa got them arrested for no reason.
â€œYour Excellency, the continuous threats to our lives still persists,â€ the group said.
The petition signed by Sheikh Abubakar Jibril, Malams Usman Muhd, Abubakar Karfir, Bello Yabo, Bello Kofa and Abubakar Mabera, all of the Sunni Movement, further stated that â€œat the time the Muslim Ummah in this country are earnestly waiting for the outcome of the findings of the police on those who assassinated Malam Jafar Adam, Malam Umar Dan Maishiya, the Chief Imam of Takakume Mosque in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State and others not mentioned here, any attempt to kill another Sunni leader in any part of this country will amount to courting a monumental disaster for this country.
â€œIt could be recalled that our earlier petition of April, 2010 about the threats to our lives by the members of the Shiite sect in Nigeria was also acknowledged by the Inspector General of Police who was among about twenty organisations copied.â€
The group called on all relevant government agencies to step up investigation into the activities of the Shiite as it does not believe in â€œmedicine after death.â€
â€œThe failure of the relevant security agencies in this country to identify the killers of Sheik Jafar Adam and many others make us believe that it is always better and easier to prevent the assassination plot than to find the assassins.â€