The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has written a letter of solidarity to the people and leaders of the Southern Kaduna Peoples in respect of recent raids in their communities that have led to loss of lives and property.
The letter was addressed through the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU).
The full letter can be read below:
Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU)
The PRO SOKAPU
LETTER OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT
We, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, under the distinguished leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, are in solidarity with the entire people of Southern Kaduna and their communities affected by recent spates of killings, which has now come to light that it is inspired and even funded by the current government in Kaduna State.
Our solidarity with the Southern Kaduna communities and people is nothing new or unusual. We have shared a common long history of injustice meted on our people by the state that were elected and put in place to protect us and cater for our welfare. We are groups who face particular oppressions and difficulties. We are a community similarly being arbitrarily killed extra-judicially by Kaduna State government, and thus perfectly feel you. We understand your pains and anguish. These attacks are similarly based on a series of hate for a people, wilful distortions and omissions. We feel similarly betrayed by a governor who rode to power on the shoulders of mass popular support by our people.
We are particularly concerned that traditionally state officials often resort to stereotyping, stigmatization and divide and rule in order to keep their dominance over us all. We in the Movement, we have all along held the view that even if you are not our brothers in faith, you are in humanity. That is why you have never and will never see any of our members involved in any sectarian, tribal, religious or regional fight. In fact, our homes and places have always remained comfort and sanctuary zones for Christians and minority tribes whenever such crises erupted in the past. It is on record that our members have protected Christians and Christian places of worship during such volatile periods. In reciprocation, we acknowledge the increasing presence of Christians and their clergy in our programs. The spirit of mutual trust, understanding and respect can only wax stronger indeed, even as the government try to demonize us with all the might of state apparatus.
We at the Islamic Movement in Nigeria strongly believe that you cannot allow this affront to go unpunished; hence we advise that you too toe our path of peaceful and legal battle to seek redress. We seriously believe that you should articulate your views and position, especially with the self-confession by Nasiru El-Rufai some time ago, and present same to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. What the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said while answering questions from select journalists in his office, is undeniable. He is on tape and several news outlets quoted him. “We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people … to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying …we said no problem, and we paid some. As recently as two weeks ago…” There is no mistaken the fact here.
We convey the heartfelt sympathies of the entire leadership and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and extend our hands of support for moves to seek redress against the governor in all courts, in and out of Nigeria.
President, Media Forum of the
Islamic Movement in Nigeria