THE Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has expressed concern over the news of incessant killings and destruction of properties in parts of the country.
JNI, an umbrella group for the Muslim community in Nigeria based in Kaduna, particularly condemned the “brutal murders” of people in Agatu, Benue State, Nnibo, Enugu State and some parts of Nasarawa State.
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the group said that it was alarming that within a few weeks, deadly attacks were unleashed while the perpetrators have yet to be arrested.
“JNI, therefore, condemns in strong terms these repeated heinous attacks and once again calls on the relevant security agencies to brace up in order to put a stop to this ugly tide, as human lives are sacred and must be treated so.
“JNI and, indeed, all Nigerians view these repeated attacks, particularly the taking up of arms against other citizens, as another trend of insecurity that portends grave danger to the nation.
“We, therefore, call for a thorough investigation by appropriate agencies in order to fish out the evil perpetrators, bring them to justice and forestall reccurrence. The repeated heinous attacks are crimes against the citizenry and the perpetrators are, therefore, criminals and must be treated so,” the statement said.
The group, however, described as unfortunate, the decision of some people to “whimsically” apportion blame for the incidents.
“We must thus be cautious of packaging crimes in religious and ethnic garments. Crimes are abominable and whoever commits them is criminal. Security agencies should brace up, be proactive and utilise maximally intelligence reports in order to nip in the bud possible eruptions of security problems within and around communities.
“Painfully, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on behalf of Nigerian Muslims, condoles with the families of those who lost their lives and calls on relevant agencies to take proactive and effective measures in addressing this pernicious problem,” the statement added.