SULTAN OF SOKOTO: Military Persecuting Muslims

Military Persecuting Nigerian Muslims, Says Sultan Of Sokoto’s Group

Posted: Apr, 08 2014, 1:04PM
Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III,
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigerian Muslims under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III, have accused the country’s military of persecuting Muslims and carrying out indiscriminate killings without adhering to rules of engagement.

The allegation was contained in a statement distributed by the Islamic body, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The Sultan of Sokoto chairs the body. The JNI demanded that the Federal Government and others concerned must urgently address the issue, adding that the mistreatment of Muslims was getting out of hand.

In a statement signed titled ‘MILITARY OPERATION AND THE PERSECUTION OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS; THE KILLING OF 15 MUSLIMS IN KEANA AND THE MASSACRE IN ZAMFARA STATE’ and signed by the group’s scribe, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the JNI stated:

“The dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the military on a mere whim of unsubstantiated suspicion leaves much to be desired, which clearly depicts that Muslims have become endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism. The sad incident of Keana 15 is another scenario where the settlements of innocent Muslims were mercilessly massacred. These are people who have been exonerated by the State Governor as being peace loving people and law abiding. It is questionable that an operation of this magnitude would be carried-out without the knowledge of the Chief Security Officer of the State, nor other relevant security bodies. JNI is concerned that the perpetrators of these genocidal acts against Muslims may go scot-free as it was the case with Apo Killings and other similar heinous acts.

The Benue state governor and his deputy have recently exonerated the Fulani of Benue for the long outstanding relationship and social cohesion between them. The social joke between them lives for almost a century. How can all this suddenly change and the next neighbor is accused because of his simplicity and unsophistication?

“The various reports of human rights abuses and massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Maiduguri by the military, as reported by human rights groups, [are] painful and unacceptable. [There are] criminals on [the] one hand and the supposed protectors of the innocent on the other, in front is a lion and behind are wolves.

“We have found the usage of the term Fulani herdsmen, hiding their religious identity, an attempt to wipe out Muslims in the guise of fighting terrorism, as it suits the situation, and using Muslim terrorist as it suits the other situation as absurd. Why is it when a Christian commits a crime it is not called a Christian crime or terrorism? The fact remains, [a] crime is [a] crime[:]  it is colorless, tribeless and religiousless.

“It is sad to note that a Muslim milk maid, a mother of five, was raped and killed by a military man around Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory. We are not aware of any step taken by the military authority on the matter. As usual they will buy time and the case will die naturally.

“We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilize the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden grand agenda to destabilize Muslims in Nigeria, and cautiously reduce their rising human capital, then the Zamfara State incidence should have removed this doubt. An event where vigilante personnel working to restore peace would be the subject of a grand massacre, tells much about the chaos and insecurity some enemies want to push our states into. We call on all our Governors, politicians and indeed every well-meaning citizen to do something before it gets out of hand.

“Where is the human rights compliance and rule of engagement by the military personnel involved in maintaining peace and security? Why are the defaulting military personnel not brought to book for [deterrence] and forestalling future occurrence? The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarize security agencies along religious line. It will have far reaching negative effect in the country, especially at this material time, where the efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.

“JNI unequivocally condemns the extra judicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the raping and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human rights abuses on innocent Muslims in Maiduguri. We strongly call for bringing to justice the perpetrators of transgression against innocent citizens who have the right to practice the religion they choose.”



1. This is a concise report on the crises captioned above. For some months now, precisely 5 to 6 months, the southern senatorial zone of Taraba State has witnessed sudden and unprecedented influx of Fulani people into this geo political entity. I happen to be one of the religious leaders that complained about the presence of this strange set of Fulani people. They don't move about with wives or children; and unlike the Fulani we knew right from the days of our parents, who carried only their stick and swords, and came in mostly seasonally, this set of Fulani, beside what is stated above, carry sophisticated weapons. In one of the instances where I was cautioning our members over the need to be careful about this people, a Fulani man was caught in the crowd, in that village called Lufu, recording my words.

2. With the growing presence of this people in our area, we started experiencing rise in cases on armed robbery and fracas with the Taraba Tiv people. I remember that at a point, the Governors of Benue and Taraba even set up a reconciliation committee to mediate in a crisis that came up between the Tiv and the Kuteb, and the Fulani. As usual, nothing has happened substantially in respect of the committee.

3. Beginning from January this year, relationship between the Fulani and the Tiv in both Taraba and Benue became more sour as the Fulani increased their attacks on the Tiv, with terrible tolls in terms of human casualties and property. This led to an unprecedented mass exodus of the Tiv from Taraba State. As they fled their homes and farm products, the Fulani have maliciously guided their cattle into their farms, destroying their cassava and yam seedlings, and threatening other local people who try to question them.

4. Now that the Tiv have fled, leaving their immediate neighbors, the Jukun, who are mostly Christians, the Fulani started confirming a rumor we heard before: that they were planning to send the Tiv (who are over 99% Christians) away to prepare the ground for a religious war against all other non-Muslims in the area. They mobilized their fighters from three places - Bantaje, Jibu and Ibi, and began by attacking three Jukun villages (Nayinawa, Tudun Wada and Yamini) burning down everything, including our Churches and the homes of our pastors and evangelists. There, they killed about eleven people, including an evangelist of the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN), which is the Church over which I am since 2012 its President.

The Muslim fighters, made up of Fulani and Hausa, who are predominantly Muslims, entered one Jukun village (Nwokyon) yesterday, in a number suspected to be over 250, armed with sophisticated weapons, and messed the whole place up, killing seven of our youth, and destroying everything there that belongs to our Church and the people generally.

5. As it is now, all our Churches in the following places have been either burned and pulled down completely, or burned:

Nayinawa        Tudun Wada        Yamini        Nwokyon        Bakyu    Jibu (all in Wukari Local Government Area).

In Benue State, for our Church (CRCN), we lost over 22 people killed on a Sunday as our members closed from the Church service and were returning to their homes. From the Tiv (NKST) side, the losses are colossal. The NKST General Secretary, Rev. Peter Azuana (Phone Number  08035006823), can inform you better on their own story.


* What is happening in both the case of southern Taraba and Benue is not a Fulani herdsmen versus farmers' fracas as people are made to believe. Confessions of some of the islamic jihadists (such as "Allahu-akbar"; "Zamu karbe kasar arna" and the like) as they attack do betray the truth of the undertones to this crisis that has been given different and false coloration;

* The battles fought in these said areas are carefully planned terrorist campaigns for the islamization of the Middle Belt as this has been the dream of the Muslims of Nigeria since the days of Uthman dan Fodio;

* Delayed action by the Taraba State Deputy Governor, Mr. Garba Umar, to stop the cunfusion and bloodshed ignited by the  islamic campaigns as is obvious, is part of the effort to take over governance of Taraba State, which is the heart cry of the islamic world. It is clear that of the remaining three States governed by Christians, Muslims have given these three no rest, in their bid to completely control the North and completely eradicate Christianity.

* We are aware that part of the reason for this current onslaught against believers in southern Taraba is to chase away the Tiv who are Christians and deplete the voting strength of believers so as to have a Muslim Governor in a State that is about 75% Christians. We know that Mr. Garba Umar is a sworn enemy of believers in Christ and he has not hidden this. Imagine the number of mosques he has built in the State capital, even in areas that are of Christian population;

* All so called efforts of government to bring peace must be looked at strictly to ensure that justice is delivered to whoever deserves it;

* The Governor of Taraba needs to tell Nigerians in truth all he has done since he came in, to ensure peace, unity and progress of this State. Let him tell Nigerians why he believes that what has not been done for Christians in Borno and other northern States (because they are in the minority) should be done to Muslims in Taraba. President Goodluck Jonathan must be careful to view all that is happening in Taraba as one who is a Christian (genuinely and without any religious discrimination) and read the signs in the sky. God bless Nigeria.

Rev. Dr. Caleb S. Ahima, fictn

CRCN President

April 2014

Prof. Itse Sagay Attacks Christians

Christians were shocked to open the Punch newspaper of Sunday 13th April, 2014 to read of Prof. Itse Sagay’s condemnation of the stand of the CAN delegation at the National Conference against the religious imbalance in the 1999 Constitution.

In the news report, the constitutional expert, Prof. Itse Sagay, dismissed arguments made by the representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria that the 1999 Constitution was skewed in favour of Islam and Muslims, and that it was unfair to Christians and Christianity Nigeria.

As reported by the CAN delegates at the National Conference, the following imbalances are observed in the 1999 Constitution:

Sharia                  73 times

Grand Kadi          54 times

Islam                   28 times

Muslim                10 times

Meanwhile, there is no single mention of Christ, Christian, Christianity, and church in the same Constitution.

The CAN delegates also pointed out that Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution prohibits government from adopting any religion as state religion, while the same Constitution violates itself by making provision for the establishment and funding of Islamic/Sharia legal system without a corresponding provision for Ecclesiastical Court in accordance with the Holy Bible.

CAN therefore wishes to clarify as follows:

1)      In the entire 1999 Constitution (as amended) there is no single provision for Christians to have their spiritual matters adjudicated by persons who are well trained in Ecclesiastical laws and biblical jurisprudence, just like the Muslims have:

2)      Islamic and Customary law adherents are well recognized and accommodated in the Constitution by the establishment of Customary and Islamic Systems in Sections 260, 265, 275 and 280, but no corresponding provision is made for Christians.

3)      Christians only rely on Customary and high Courts which are manned by persons of little or no knowledge of Ecclesiastical law and jurisprudence (or Christian doctrines and practices).

4)      This is a clear violation of section 42 of the 1999 Constitution which prohibits discrimination on account of religion and section 10 which prohibits state religion.

5)      Nigeria is a secular state with multi-religious activities. Faith or religious inclination should be personal and not funded by the State.

6)      If we must retain Customary and Islamic law systems in the Constitution, then provision must also be made for Christian legal system by way of Ecclesiastical Courts.

Additionally, CAN states as follows:


The attention of the Christian delegates has been drawn to the comments of the esteemed Professor of Law Itse Sagay, particularly in the Sunday Punch of 13 April, 2014, in respect of some of the issues raised at the ongoing national conference.

For clarity and avoidance of doubts our demands at the conference, amongst others, is that some inconsistencies and discriminatory provisions in the 1999 Constitution be redressed. We did state as follows;

1.       That while Nigeria is a multi-religious State, as per Section 10 of the Constitution, this is inconsistent with the provisions of the same Constitution which provides for the establishment and funding of religious Courts (Sharia Courts) by the State.

2.       Besides the said inconsistencies, the Christian delegates also alluded to the following discriminatory policies and actions of government in favor of Islamic religion.

$1-       Building of places of worship for Muslims out of State resources, while rights of occupancy are denied for building of Churches;

$1-       Funding of religious festivals and practices such as fasting, Koranic competitions and recitations, while Christian congregational activities remain the sole prerogative of Christians.  

$1-      Building of exclusive religious Schools such as Almajiri Schools from State resources, while Christian missionary schools are taken over by the government.

We are taken aback by the assertion by the learned professor that; “no religion is more recognized than the other, under the constitution”. How else, does a thing gain recognition when it is not only in vogue but also constitutionally guaranteed?

Perhaps the learned professor was alluding to the position at independence when Islamic law was (rightly and wisely) treated as an aspect of customary law for which provision was made for the appointment of jurists versed in the Sharia to the appellate courts. As a people we have been watching the systematic widening of the application of Islamic Sharia law, since the 1979 Constitution. 

It is the belief of the Christian delegation that the fundamental objectives of Unity; Faith; Peace and Progress; and national integration, as enshrined in Section 15(1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution would be better served by the separation of the State and religion. However, if the conference considers it necessary to maintain the status quo, it is only fair and just that equal treatment be meted to Christians by providing for ecclesiastical courts in the constitution. Contrary to the assertion by the learned professor there are Ecclesiastical Courts in Nigeria under the aegis of the Catholic Church.


BISHOP JOSEPH BAGOBIRI & GODSWILL IYOHA IYOKE Esq. for C.A.N. delegation at the National Conference


I Was Chased Out Of Sudan When I Raised The Alarm About Boko Haram – Ambassador

Ambassador Bola Dada shares his opinion on ways Nigeria could have stopped Boko Haram insurgency before its actual birth and told that all his warning fell on deaf ears in this recent interview. Excerpts:

Are you saying what was being practiced in Sudan was exported into Nigeria?

When Sudan came under pressure during the US Bill Clinton era, they sent Bin Laden away. Osama Bin Laden had established himself there. In fact, one of his wives was the daughter of the Speaker. So when Sudan was under pressure to send Osama Bin Laden away, he decided to divide his Al-Qaeda army into three; he took the first team to Afghanistan and kept the second team in Sudan; the third group he sent out to be disturbing the whole world, including Magreb which is close to Mali, Chad and Niger. I raised an alarm in 2001 that Al-Qaeda was in Nigeria – that Al-Qaeda had penetrated Nigeria through Chad. You know Chad has a border with Borno State. We have about eight million Nigerians in Sudan: people who settled there after pilgrimage. Many who couldn’t reach Saudi Arabia just settled there. And Al-Bashir (Sudanese president) was a descendant of Borno State. I reported all these, including the fact that Yerima was there at that time but I was ignored. Yerima got back to Nigeria and the following day, he declared Sharia. And from then, they were sending students for Jihadist training. Then when I got wind of the distribution of Osama Bin Laden Al-Qaeda groups, I reported. I told them to check our borders between Mali, Niger, and Chad – that Al-Qaeda was on the move. It got to a stage that it became evident that my report was becoming a concern to our permanent secretary then who incidentally had intelligence security background as a former director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency. His name is Ambassador Heart. He brought in his NIA background into the Foreign Service. He knew what was sensitive and newsworthy. So he took the case seriously and played his part. But instead of our government sending inspectors were to check the veracity of my reports, they didn’t do that; they would just call the NIA man there who was also a Borno man who would refute anything I said. He would tell them not to mind me because I was a Christian and a religious bigot. In fact, he said Obasanjo deliberately sent me there to spy on the ambassador. That was how they usually dismissed my reports.

What did Obasanjo do when he got wind of your reports?

I wouldn’t know what he did but I guess some of the reports did not get to him. One of such was about a Sudanese consulate in Kano who spent 50 years as a consul-general in Nigeria. That is not allowed, but in the case of Sudan, because of the close relationship with Ahmadu Bello and Muhammadu Ribadu, they allowed Sudan to open a honorary consulate in Kano and instead of putting a Nigerian there, they put a Sudanese. I drew attention to this anomaly and by the time I left the place in December 2001 before I was sent out to Uganda, the Sudanese man was spending his 50th year there as a consul-general in Nigeria. Where does that happen? I knew of it from a Sudanese official himself at one party at the Ghanaian embassy. I sent a report asking why they would allow a consul-general to spend 50 years in Nigeria. Meanwhile, his activities had nothing to do with consular job; it was mainly for Islamic purposes. That is why Sudan is being kept on the US watch list as a terrorist country. And this is a country that our country is romancing.

Do you see a link between the Boko Haram insurgency and what happened then?

There is a lot. As far as I am concerned, Boko Haram is an offshoot of Sharia. Meanwhile, in 2001, I learnt from a Southern Sudanese while I was there that at Khartoum sometime in 1994, some Sudanese officials were lamenting that the then presidents of Nigeria were not radical Muslims; they were lamenting that the golden days of Islam had gone. They were not happy that General Ibrahim Babangida and Muhammadu Buhari did not follow in the footsteps of Ahmadu Bello. So they planned on strategising again. They went to Kano to do that. Whatever the strategy they made that time, there is a link to what is happening now. Meanwhile, Babangida compensated them by dragging Nigeria to the Organisation of Islamic Countries, still they were not satisfied. Also, there was a kind of covenant between Sudan and Libya to destabilise Nigeria to promote Islamisation. So, what is happening to President Goodluck Jonathan now may have something to do with that pact. They call it Afikaya, a doctrine that all African states must be governed by Muslims only. Gaddafi fought for it rigorously before he died – that all African presidents must be Muslims and in any African country where by error a Christian is there, they should make life difficult for that person until he is deposed. I got wind of it in one document. I read it with my eyes that all African countries must be governed by Muslims and any country that is mistakenly being ruled by a Christian, they should make life difficult for him. They said it’s the injunction of the Quran. I read it. Boko Haram insurgency may have stemmed from such injunctions and as a result of the faulty policy of ambassadorial appointment and deployment. According to the Nigerian Constitution, ambassadorial appointment must be 75 per cent career-oriented and 25 per cent political. Ambassadorial jobs should be given to people who have experiences related to such jobs, not just anybody. That’s the constitution which was violated many times. In fact, the greatest violator was Babangida.


He made a level 10 officer an ambassador at that time when we had level 15, 16, 17 officers. How could you make a level 10 or 12 officer an ambassador? It’s wrong. He made Ladan Baki, a level 12 officer an ambassador simply because it was the man that saved his life. Baki was an NIA man who leaked out to Babangida the plan of Buhari to sack him. That’s why he compensated him. Otherwise, Babangida would have been sacked and forgotten today. Another violation is that he appointed a Muslim as an ambassador to the Vatican. How could you make an Alhaji to be an ambassador to the Vatican? He also appointed late Saka Fagbo to Saudi Arabia because the man had terminal ailment and as a Muslim, he believed that once he died in Saudi Arabia, it’s Aljanastraight; and he gave directive that he must be buried in Saudi. Is that the purpose of ambassadorial appointment? So, many of these people go there for something else rather than performing ambassadorial duties. That’s why we have all these problems today.

Did you choose to go to Iran?

I never chose to go there. I don’t know why they deliberately posted me to Iran, after serving in three Arab/Islamic countries. I am a Christian but I was sent to Islamic countries to serve.

Was there any religious affinity between Northern Nigeria and Iran like what you observed with Sudan?

Actually, I did not stay long there. I did not really have the time to find out. But I think there is a bond between Nigeria and Iran too because exactly one year after I made my concern known, that was the time when the security operatives arrested some men smuggling containers of arms into the country from Iran.
What do you think Nigeria can do about the Boko Haram issue?
It has its roots in Sudan and has connections with Libya. So, let’s start to tackle it from the root. I think the government is already doing something about it through the help of France, because most of these countries are Francophone countries. If they would not listen to us, they would listen to France. By the time France talks to countries like Cameroon, something good will come out. Let’s deal with the problem from the root. We need France’s assistance. Our traditional and political rulers should also change their bullish mindsets about Nigeria. Also, no part of the country should think they can bully the other parts or that it’s their right to rule the other parts.

**Contrary to the clueless insinuations of Boko Haram by our clueless leaders when would they wake up???

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APC is an Islamic Party

In response to the widely publicized rebuttal by the APC stating that's its national executive offices are opaque to religious sentiments! I need not explain to the APC national Excos that in party politics we are mainly concerned with the Principal Officers and not the deputies or vice roles!!




I am compelled, as a Christian and as the president of the Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI), and also as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South West Zone, to draw the attention of the entire citizenry of this country, as well as other nations in the world, to the growing threat to the lives and properties of Christians in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The Gwoza Christian Community Association (GCCA) wishes to draw the attention of Security Agencies, Civil Liberties Organization, Human Right Organizations, World Council of Churches (WCC), Human Rights Watch, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), National Assembly, other Religious Organizations and the entire Nigerian public at large to the disappearance of the following Christian men abducted at Barawa Village in Gwoza local Government Area of Borno State.

Gwoza Christian Community: Maiduguri Abbatoir Haven of Boko Haram

Maiduguri Abattoir is Boko Haram Enclave 

We feel it is appropriate to address the so called National Union of Butchers, Maiduguri Branch for defending its members in the statements formally signed by the Union chairman, Abubakar Ngula


(Text of a Press Conference by the Supreme Council For Sharia in Nigeria: No More Pretensions, the Nigerian State is waging a war on Islam and Muslims) Gentlemen of the Press, I welcome you all to this Press Conference on a very important and weighty issue on the serious concerns of Muslims over a Systematic war on Muslims and Islam by the Federal Government, controlled by CAN.

Since the end of Military dictatorship in 1999, Muslims and other objective observers have witnessed, with incredible consternation, the progressive transformation of the Nigerian State into a government of CAN, by CAN and for Christians, in character, structure and policies. (What is he talking about?)

This ugly development, now appropriately christened a “transformation agenda”, appears to have reached its zenith, involving practically all Federal Government Institutions and resources, with the active support of all security agencies and the Armed forces, all pursing in unison, the objective of collective punishment, marginalization, intimidation and demonization of Muslims and Islam. This unfortunate development is now openly executed, with no conscience or pretensions, for even the blind can see. This relentless war against Islam and Muslims for close to 15 years by the Nigerian State and its agencies of coercion, which was initially under deceptive guises, is today crystal clearly targeting the slaughter of Muslims with impunity, and to destroy the future and livelihood of Muslims in every conceivable way, for the goal of 2015 in the short term and at the same time, inflict upon Muslims, an everlasting state of impotence in the long term. This MUST stop, Now! And from today, we urge all Muslims to wake up to this real and immediate danger so that we can take appropriate steps to put an end to it.

I will begin with the latest plan by CAN and its security agencies, SSS, DIA, DMI and the Police, to target and arrest prominent Muslim clerics, scholars, Imams and other activists, then employ the obnoxious SSS tactic of using youths, under duress or through inducement and deception, to give false prepared testimonies against such targeted Muslims. The most recent case is the criminal arrest, detention and humiliation of Dr. Muhammad Yunus Nazeefi, a well known and respected critic of the Boko Haram ideology and tactics, now being portrayed as a spiritual leader of the group.

We demand his immediate and unconditional release from detention, a public apology, compensation for his unlawful incarceration and humiliation, and most importantly, a public inquiry to reveal those behind this dastardly act.

We also call on the President to put an immediate end to the impunity and criminality of the SSS or risk the wrath of the people who will definitely rise up to resist such gross abuses and injustice. Injustice as is being perpetrated by the present Government, can never bring about peace, but breed perpetual circles of violence. Unfortunately, we are aware of a sinister plan to commence the wholesale arrest and humiliation of prominent Muslims, with approval from the highest level of Govt., to include Muslim clerics, scholars, Imams and other Muslim activists.

At this juncture, I must salute the courageous patience and perseverance of Nigerian Muslims for all the acts of provocation, impunity, brazen injustices, profiling and stigmatization, over a long period. No doubt, we have given the Govt. benefit of doubt for too long, for noble as the act of patience is, it has a limit, and that limit we seem to have reached now. The import of the statement by the Chief of Army staff, General Ihejinka in 2011 that the armed forces are fighting a civil war, not just elements of the Boko Haram insurgency is quite clear today, it is a war against Islam and Muslims.

Muslims are fed up with the Government’s duplicitous circle of deception and double standards. Here, I will give just a few in controvertible examples, which raise many questions begging for answers. (i) Since the early 1980s when religious crises and the mass massacre of Muslims commenced in earnest, (Zangon Kataf I and II, Kasuwan Magani, Kafanchan, Tafawa Balewa, Jos, Yelwan Shendam, Numan, Mambila Plateau, Kuru Jenta, and most recently, Zonkwa, Wase and Wukari), all promises, undertakings and assurances by the Federal Government to investigate and sanction the leaders and perpetrators have not been met. After each round of massacre of Muslims, the Federal Government would come with the familiar high sounding assurances which are never meant to be fulfilled.

(ii) For quite some time, there have been numerous cases of Christians involved in terrorist related acts, but such cases are never investigated by the Police and SSS, even in instances where they were caught red handed in the act. I will give a few instances in 2010 alone, beginning with Messrs. Moses Ashaji and Papa, arrested on Friday, 19th February, 2010 along Akwanga-Jos Road with huge stocks of locally manufactured rifles. Also, Daniel Chayi Gyang, Amos Akila and Mbono Musa, were arrested with deadly weapons, including rocket launchers, grenades and AK47 rifles, intercepted by the SSS in Maiduguri on 30th July, 2010 on their way to Plateau State. There was another case of eleven well armed terrorists arrested in August 2010, including the village head of Nasarawa Village, Chief Danteri Bongwat of Langtang South, and an illegal armory located in Kuru, Plateau State. These cases were widely reported in the media, but the CAN SSS never took any action, because they were not Muslims. Still in 2010, the Punch Newspaper reported the arrest of Five (5) Pastors “for operating an Illegal Military outfit” (a Euphemism for terrorist activity, since the word is exclusively reserved for Muslims), in Lagos, with their photographs published at page 11 of the Wednesday edition, 10th March, 2010.

The examples are too numerous to cite here, but the most recent were two news reports on the arrest CAN Military operatives by the police “for operating illegal security outfit” in Jalingo, Taraba State. Those arrested included Reverend Chaplain Shehu Yakubu, a retired customs officer Sunday Silas, retired SSS officer Sulaiman Audu, a retired ASP Y. Winew, a retired ASP Isma’ila Makaniki and many others. This was reported by the Daily Trust Newspaper of Saturday, 2nd November, 2013 at page 10. In the same paper, at Page 8, was another report, “Police nab woman, 2 others over militia training in Gombe”, in which one Mrs. Deborah Babayo and two men were reportedly arrested by the Gombe Police Command “for conducting illegal militia training under the auspices of an illegal organization, called “The Elite Corps” on the outskirts of Gombe, on 1st November, 2013. In both cases, which we believe the Police and SSS will sweep under the carpet as usual, the concern of the Police in the two reports was the ``sums of money involved but unfortunately, though not surprisingly, they were silent on the cache of arms recovered.

Perhaps even more revealing in the unfolding drama of double standards and deception by the Federal Government and its CAN controlled security agencies are widely reported cases of Christians, too numerous to mention, who were actually caught in the act of terrorism, which were never investigated, let alone prosecuted. There have been more than twenty of such cases, but I will cite about half a dozen as examples, in Gombe, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Plateau, Lagos, Benue and Rivers States.

In Gombe State, there was a report on the arrest of Christian men that sprayed bullets on the Gombe Deeper Life Church worshippers. Igbos were the suspects arrested who were reportedly taken to Abuja. Shortly thereafter, two Christians, Hassan Ojudu and Sama’ila Yakubu were arrested with a vehicle loaded with explosive devices and ammunitions. Curiously, they too were reportedly taken to Abuja, and as usual, nothing has been heard from the SSS Spokeswoman or in the news, to date. Still in Gombe State, one Madam Ruth was caught attempting to bomb ECWA Church in the Kalarin area of Kaltungo. But the security agencies claimed she was “hypnotized” and was conveniently set free.

In Bauchi State, one Miss Lydia Joseph was also caught red handed trying to set ST. John Catholic Church in Bauchi on fire, but she was immediately set free, with the explanation that she had a problem with a boyfriend member of the Church! Shortly after that incident, eight (8) COCIN Church members were arrested with explosive devices while attempting to bomb the Miya-Barkatai branch of the Church. By the following Sunday, they were free to participate in Church service.

In Plateau State, in March 2012, a Christian wearing Military Uniform, later identified as a member of the COCIN Church, was lynched while trying to escape after the bombing of the same Church headquarters in Jos. A few days later, on Sunday 25th March, 2012, the Special Task Force (STF) paraded one Mr. Alex Danladi, who was caught wearing army camouflage, along with one Mr. Dung Bulus, a well known fabricator of guns, and some others the authorities said were students of the University of Jos. A few weeks later, on 10th April, 2012 one Mr. Monday Davou was arrested, caught red handed, planting a timed improvised explosive device (IED), at the Makera weekly market in Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State. This was evidently aimed at committing mass murder that was to have been instantly attributed to Boko Haram, to provide a good excuse to attack Muslims, demonize Islam and opportunity to loot Muslim property and cattle!

In Lagos, the Saturday Sun newspaper of 10th March, 2012, at page 10, reported that 11 cartons of explosives imported from South Africa, which were carefully packaged to beat security checks, where intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos. The huge consignments were for Miero Marble Granite and Stones Ltd, in Kaduna State, with one Mr. Micheal Awara Ernest as the Company representative to collect the explosives at the Cargo terminal. The statement of the Customs Area commandant at the Airport, Mr. Charles Eporwei Edike, which was profoundly insightful on the intent and probable consequences of the explosive, fell on the deaf ears of the SSS. He said “if those items were released, they could have been used to cause mayhem. We are now going to hand him and the items over to the Police for further investigation”. Well, since the handover, neither the Police nor the Spokeswoman of the almighty SSS have not said, or done anything on the case. It would be most surprising if he was not set free with his toxic import, to kill Muslims. In Benue State, on Sunday, 19th February, 2013 four (4) persons, were arrested while trying to detonate explosives at the ST. Theresa’s Catholic Parish in Makurdi. The Leadership newspaper of Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012, at page 10, reported the Police PRO, Mr. Ejike as saying that the four terrorists arrested were Christians. But before the honest revelation, the members of the public had already jumped to the conclusion that they were Muslims.

The factual examples are just too many, but for the purpose of this Press Conference, I will conclude with two examples indicative of the international dimension of the deception and double standards of our CAN controlled SSS and the Police Force. On January 11th 2012, two Nigerians, Sunday Eze from Anambra State and one Samuel Taiwo from Ogun State with three other Ghanains were arrested in Ghana, with heavy weaponry, carefully concealed in a truck which was to be brought to Nigeria. The question to ask the Police, SSS and the Presidency is who were behind the order? Certainly not NSCIA, SCSN, JNI, NASFAT, MSS, NACOMYO, MURIC OR UMMAH. While Opposing the bail of the terrorists in court on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 the office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana said “the arms and ammunitions seized on transit to Nigeria were to be used to fuel terrorists activities in Nigeria”. Which terrorist groups are they that the Nigerian Government, the Police and SSS are protecting? It must surely be the bigger, better armed, well financed and protected Government/CAN Boko Haram.

Finally, on specific factual examples, was a BBC news report published by THISDAY Newspaper of Friday, 13th January, 2012 on page 6, on a British arms dealer, Gary Hyde being prosecuted in a London court for unlawfully arranging the shipment of about 80,000 guns and 32Million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria in 2007. Obviously, it was not meant for Muslim terrorists, because if it was, the BBC, CNN and the Nigerian Media would have kept harping on it. As for the Presidency, SSS, the Police and our Armed Forces, this event never happened.

It appears a good number of Nigerians are afflicted by amnesia, but keen observers would recall that a few years ago, a systematic robbery of the armory of the Nigerian Army in Jaji, the 1st division of the Nigerian Army Kaduna, Ikeja cantonment and many other Military formations was widely reported, involving Christian serving Officers and Generals. A Military inquiry was instituted and many Christian Officers, serving and retired including the Late General Azazi, were indicted, but nothing was done to any of them. More importantly, were are the arms? May be they were given to one Boko Haram or another! What about the report of the Military Inquiry?

Gentlemen of the press, there are just too many questions begging for answers from the Presidency, the SSS, the Police and the Military high Command. The Presidency is definitely involved in the cover ups and double standards, for why would the President, rush to absolve MENDS from the first terrorist act involving massive bombs in Nigeria, on October 1st, 2009 even before the commencement of any investigation and attribute it to Muslim Leaders? Why would the Commander in Chief, order the Director General of SSS to publicly, in Church, grant a pardon to a Christian terrorist group, OMBATSE, of Nasarawa State, who slaughtered over 80 mobile policemen and 10 SSS operatives? Let any fair minded person imagine what would have happened if it was a group in Kano, Katsina, or any Muslims were behind what OMBATSE did! As for the double standards of the SSS; it seems to be a part of their training or culture, to provide excuses and explanations for any Christian unfortunate to be caught in a terrorist activity. The Eggon Christian tribesman of the Minister of Information (and Defence!) who was also caught red handed with arms at the Federal Ministry of Information, readily comes to mind. The SSS Spokeswoman explained off this security breach as a non-issue, since it was not a Muslim that was involved.

Recent Mass Massacre of Muslims

The Sunday Trust Newspaper of 20th October, 2013 revealed that the JTF had dumped 3,335 corpse, in Maiduguri Hospital mortuary, the toll for only 6 months, January to June, 2013. Incontrovertible evidence further revealed that an average of not less than 12 young Muslims were massacred every day during the period, at the Maiduguri Military Barracks alone! In January, 94 were killed, 61 in February, 218 in March, 200 in April, 161 in May and 233. This total figure does not include thousands killed in their homes, in Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Kano. To the Nigerian Government and its security agencies, the blood of a Muslim is not worth more than a mosquito.

In 2009, after series of denials by the Police and SSS of extra judicial massacre of Muslims in Maiduguri, ALJAZEERA aired a video clip that revealed the monstrous evil committed. In spite of the outcry and the clear evidence including the identity of the perpetrators, the matter has been conveniently swept under the carpet. The Apo six murderers who happened to be Muslims were however promptly apprehended, dismissed and prosecuted with unprecedented swiftness. But the most recent Apo 9 murderers are yet to be apprehended, why? because the poor souls were hated Muslims.

Disproportionate Recruitments into all Govt. Services, especially, the SSS, Armed Forces and the Police

As a result of the non-challance of Muslim leaders, especially in the last 15 years, recruitments into key parastatals and agencies, especially the SSS, NIA, the Police, the Armed Forces and even paramilitary agencies, have been systematically skewed to favour Christians, with massive expulsion and wholesale retirement of Muslims. Our Council had cause to bring this issue to the public domain and even involved the Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs and the JNI, with an advertorial and a petition on the matter handed to President Obasanjo in 2005 by the Late Sultan. Almost 10 years later, the lopsidedness in the recruitment has become even more brazen. The recent recruitment into the SSS officer corp, the latest of which graduated from their Training school in Lagos about a month ago, showed for example, Kano had 6, Kebbi and Sokoto had 3 each, while Rivers State had 38 and Akwa Ibom had 40. In addition, most of those from Kaduna, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kogi, Gombe , Ogun, Oyo and Oshun States were predominantly Christians.

At the Zaria Army depot, where other ranks of the Army are trained, over 11,000 were recruited and trained in the last 3 years, and Christian constitutes a big majority. Just last week, about 40 Muslim trainee recruits at the Zaria Army Depot were expelled, with no explanation, a few weeks before the end of their training. The records of recruitment into the officer corps of the Armed Forces at the NDA, had for over 20 years now been skewed to favour Christians. The most recent list of recruitment into the 65th regular course of the NDA is typical of what has been going on for years; Kaduna had 3 Muslims and 11 Christians, Adamawa 4 Muslims, 9 Christians, Taraba 3 Muslims 10 Christians, with Borno faring a little better with 7 Muslims and Six Christians. There have been many cases of Christians given slots in Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara and even Sokoto, but you will never, find a Muslim name in Benue, South East and South South.

This is a very serious issue that must be remedied, because the series of religious/ethnic crises are further compounded by the disproportionate representation of Muslims in the SSS, the Police and the Armed Forces. For example, the authoritative Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a damming report on the last major religious crisis in Jos, indicted the Mobile Police for singling out Muslims for massacre. It cited more than a dozen incidents in which mainly Muslims were rounded up and gunned down. In one incident, 44 Muslims were shot in firing squad style.

It also listed seven separate incidents of arbitrary killings in which 47 Muslims were shot by Military men. Of Course, the HRW appeal for a probe of the Mobile Police was disregarded. Their report concluded with the recommendation,:- The HRW reported concluded that -

“The probe of the Mobile Police should go beyond its role in the Jos crisis to unearth its recruitment policy, numerical strength and the religious affiliations of its officers and men”. It added that –

“Unless the roles played by the Mobile Police and fake (sic CAN) soldiers are properly investigated and the finding made public, other groups are likely to adopt similar methods in the nearest future”.

Earlier on, the then Police Commissioner in Kaduna State, Alhaji Mohammed Shehu, observed after the 2000 major religious crises, observed that unless the composition of the Police Force, which then was 80% Christians in Kaduna State was re-constituted, there would be no end to religious crises (page 24 New Nigerian newspaper of Wednesday, 2nd August 2000).

We therefore urge the Federal Government, the Nigerian Police, the Armed Forces and the SSS and NIA to come clean on these injustices with satisfactory explanations and assurance of fair play and transparency. Government at all levels, especially the Federal Government should note that there can never be peace without justice and no people, however complacent, can accept such excesses, without reacting. And unless the Federal Government is determined to push Nigerian Muslims to that stage, we demand immediate, transparent remedial actions.

Fellow Nigerians and gentlemen of the Press, how many people would believe that in the 21st Century, and for almost 10years, 80 Muslim women and girls are still being held as “booty” (ganima) dehumanized as sex slaves by Christians in Plateau State, since the Yelwan Shendam massacre of Muslims in 2004. All efforts to get the appropriate authorities to take immediate steps to secure their release and re-union with their families have fell on deaf ears. Our Council had held series of meetings with 3 Inspectors General of Police, 3 Directors General of SSS and the NSA all of whom were given petitions on the matter. As at 2004, over 200 such Muslim women and girls were involved, the Council was successful in securing the freedom of about 120, all victims of forced labour, rapes and emotional trauma. If this barbaric act had affected Christians, the Federal Government, and its security agencies would have ruthlessly swung into action with an International Press awash with the news.

It is evident that CAN and the Federal Government are poised to undermine Islam, for at every turn, every right of Muslims according to their faith is being opposed with threats borne out of blind hatred. The ethical system of banking, universally embraces, was opposed by CAN, Nigeria’s membership into the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) was opposed for over 20years, until about Six years ago when the Obasanjo saw beyond religious bias, the benefits of joining IDB to the country. Still, the Governors of Oshun and Adamawa states are facing opposition in their plans to secure interest free long term developmental loans from the IDB, for no reasons other than irrational prejudice against anything Islamic. Christians, on the other hand, are not only free to practice every aspect of their faith, but can even pick and incorporate aspects of the Islamic faith convenient for them with the support of the Government; the annual trips on government sponsorship to Egypt, Israel and Rome in the name of pilgrimage, is an example.

In conclusion, while we call on Muslims to meticulously stick to the teachings of Islam on Peace, Justice, Compassion and truthfulness, we all know that everything human has a limit. The fact is the patience of Muslims who have been systematically brutalized, stigmatized, marginalized and pauperized , been severely tested and overstretched. We therefore call on all people of conscience to stand up for the truth against such glaring injustices, otherwise we all know it is a fact of life that every act has a consequence, good or bad. We therefore want the Federal Government to know that it is no longer acceptable for the rights of Muslims to be abridged or annulled, while Christians in Nigeria have an unfettered right to do as they wish.


DR. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, OFR Nafiu Baba-Ahmad, mni


+234 80 2315 4021.

Sunday, 1st December, 2013


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