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Sunday, 16 July 2017
MambillaMassacre: Not targeted at any tribe :- Sultan of Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, on Friday said that the recent crisis in Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State, was not targeted at any tribe.
“The crisis was not planned by individuals or groups to eliminate any tribe; as an ex-military officer, I can only believe that the crisis was planned when I see a document to confirm that,” Abubakar said in Bauchi.
Abubakar spoke at a National Symposium and Lauching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN).
The Sultan, however, decried the destruction during the violence, and prayed against a recurrence.
He said that he had met with some leaders in Taraba and cautioned them against playing politics with lives of the people.
He said that leaders must focus on putting out fire where there was one, and stressed the need to reach out to all stakeholders toward restoring normalcy.
The Sultan urged government to strive to bring culprits of the Mambilla violence to book, and warned against derogatory terms like Islamic fundamentalists or extremists, Fulani attackers, Berom or Mambilla terrorists.
“It is such derogatory terms that fueled the crisis,” Abubakar declared.