The National Chairman, Council of Ulama, Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, has appealed to northerners to remain calm and shun the temptation of taking revenge against anybody in the North.
The Islamic cleric was reacting to the crisis that erupted in Sasa Market in Ibadan, Oyo State, between Hausa and Yoruba traders where about 20 were killed while properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
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He said though the damage was painful, that should not warrant any attack on innocent people residing in the north, calling for intense prayers for peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.
Sheik Jingir, however, said any attempt at evicting Nigerians from any part of the country or any agitation for its break-up was “satanic”.
“As citizens, everybody is at liberty to live anywhere he wants to, and in a situation where someone is telling others to vacate that should not be supported.
“If you say, let’s evict Fulani, or Yoruba or Igbo, from a part of Nigeria that is against the constitution of the country and is a sign of secession.
“And any part of the country that is agitating for the break-up is satanic because the aim is to destroy the country. Nigeria belongs to all, I call on people at all spheres of endeavours to fear Allah, to promote peace, harmony, and respect one another,” he said.
While appreciating the country’s security agencies for restoring peace in the area, the cleric commended the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi for cautioning those agitating for the eviction of Fulani and his role in ensuring peace in the state.