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Published On: Thu, Jan 4th, 2018

Bachama militia: Muslims Council bemoans alleged killings, burning of property

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From Umar Dankano Yola

Adamawa state branch of the Muslim Council of Nigeria has frowned at the alleged continuous killings and burning of mosques and houses belonging to Muslims by the Bachama militia in Numan,Demsa and Lamurde Local government areas in the state.
The council described the ugly development as unacceptable and threatened to have no option than to ask its members to protect themselves if the government’s at the state and Federal level can’t act on to its constitutional responsibility.
This position by the council was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its 29th General Assembly held in Yola on Wednesday.
In the communiqué signed by the Chairman communiqué committee, Mallam Gambo Jika and Secretary Alhaji Abdullahi Damare, the council condemned the both killings of Fulani women and children and the looting of their properties on November 20th last year by Bachama militia and the subsequent killings of Bachama on December.
“The assembly also observed with great concern the continued burning of villages and mosques, killings and kidnapping of Fulanis and other tribes through guerrilla tactics by the Bachama militia in Numan, Lamurde and Demsa LGAs.
“The assembly further observed with great dismay, the mounting of illegal road blocks, terrorizing innocent travellers particularly Fulanis and extorting money from them within Demsa, Numan and Lamurde LGAs by the same militia.
The Assembly is worried that such illegal activities sometimes are carried out in the presence of some policemen, who adopt lukewarm attitude on the activities of the militias who also go about brandishing dangerous weapons.”
The council who also accused traditional rulers in the areas of lukewarm attitude to the developments urged government to as a matter priority do something about it and find a lasting solution to the crisis.
Council has raised concern over influx of Almajiris into major towns in the state and called on parents and government do something about it.
“The assembly observed with concern the influx of Almajiris in the state, especially in our major towns in the name of seeking Quranic education.
“It equally noted that the Almajiri system is a cultural practice rather than religious. Parents are therefore, called upon to fear Allah and give their wards proper knowledge of Islamic and western education.
“The meeting calls on the Federal Government to revive and adequately fund the Almajiri and Quranic integration programme.
The communiqué also cried out over growing rate of drug abuse and its associated consequences such as violent crime and rape among youths in the state, and called on security agencies and NDLEA to take action on the matter.
It called for the revival of dormant Skills Acquisition Centres in the state to contain increase rate of unemployment, and tasked youths that attain the age of 18 to participate in the ongoing voter continuous registration.
It cautioned against careless divorce by some Muslims and tasked on the need to respect the institution of marriage which it said is an act of “Ibadaa” (worship).

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