A Kaduna State-based Islamic cleric, Uztaz Abubakar Salihu, has threatened to kill Christians in Nigeria if the Muslims are attacked again.
In a viral video, the cleric threatened to kill Christians in retaliation over the murder of 25 Fulani travellers, who were intercepted and killed recently by suspected Irigwe militia in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Recall that the Fulani travellers were killed by suspected Irigwe militia at about 10.30 am on August 14, 2021, around the Gada-Biyu-Rukuba Road area in Jos, Plateau State.
The victims were said to be returning from the annual Zikr prayer in Bauchi State and heading for Ikare in Ondo State when they ran into irate youths mourning their kinsmen earlier killed by suspected herdsmen.
The cleric speaking in Hausa in a sermon over the weekend, Ustaz Salihu had reportedly said, “I swear to God Almighty, if such ever occur again, there are Christians in Kaduna, there are Christians in Zamfara, there are Christians in Sokoto, there are in Katsina, Kebbi, there are Christians in Gombe, Damaturu and Yobe and there are major roads. We will also block the roads, waylaid Christian commuters.
“We are not fools and we are not afraid of anyone, there is no one we are afraid of. If nothing is done, we will take the law in our hands because no life is superior to others and I swear compensation must be paid for the lives of the people lost.
“I swear this will not go unpunished, we won’t accept this, action must be taken and if they don’t take action, we will also react in our states.
“Every infidel should prepare, he will leave the earth if nothing is done about our people that were killed in Jos. I swear we will revenge and you should know that the life of one Muslim is equivalent to 100 infidels. No life is greater than another.”
Full Transcript of Uztaz Abubakar Salihu Zaria’s inciting sermon.
“Here is my message to the infidels in Plateau 2x and to CAN Plateau and to CAN Nigeria in general. I am the one speaking, I am Alkali Abubaka Salihu Zaria. I swear to God almighty, if such ever occur again, there are Christians in Kaduna state, there are Christians in Zamfara state, there are Christians in Sokoto, there are in Katsina, Kebbi, there are Christians in Gombe, Damaturu and Yobe and there are major roads. We will also block the roads, waylaid Christian commuters.
“We are not fools and we are not afraid of anyone, (emphasis) there is no one we are afraid of. If nothing is done, we will take the law in our hands because no life is superior to others and I swear compensation must be paid for the lives of the people lost (Jos Muslim commuters).
“The nonsense they are doing to us is enough! And we challenge our leaders, we challenge our representatives, we don’t see their use, they are useless. Stupid and worthless people (leaders). You are enjoying ACs in your offices but don’t care about the lives of your people (talking about Muslims).
“Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai is far better, may God bless you. I swear to God, If that incident had happened in Kaduna state under Nasiru El-Rufai, they (Christians) would have been thought a serious lesson.
“Hausa Proverb….. you keep waylaying people of God and killing them for no just reason and they said we should kept quiet, anyone who said we should keep quiet, may God course his blessings and whoever doesn’t say amen to this, may God also course his blessings.
“They keep Killing God’s people without any reason. We here they kill us with weapons (talking about bandits), over there too they waylay and kill God’s people. The most baffling thing is that the commuters killed were not even citizens of Northern Nigeria, they were only traveling along the road, brethren if you watch the video, how they slaughtered persons, how they hit their heads on the pavement.
“Hello Mr. President, Hello Mr. Lalong the governor of Jos, you should mind yourself fa! You have to mind yourselves and be very careful, you have to be very careful. We are Nigerian indigenes, we are Citizens, we have rights too.
“They killed Our General, Alkali, they killed our Fulani leaders, they’ve also killed lots of God’s people. You block the road, stop vehicles, those vehicles are government vehicles, you brought out the passengers and slaughtered them one after the other and mutilated their flesh.
“Minister Pantami, we want to hear sermons from you, we want to hear sermons from your mouth. Under Jonathan’s government, they killed people. If an under and infidel’s government they killed people, so because a Muslim is the leader and people are killed we should talk????
“Did God send Buhari to us? I swear we won’t accept this, I swear we will not agree. It is compulsory for the government to take actions. They followed the people of God to Eid ground in Rukuba and slaughtered them, roasted their flesh and eat yet no action was taken but when one infidel (Christian) is killed in a beer parlour, people will keep mourning on the newspapers, like Daily Trust, Weekly Trusts, ThisDay etc. But our lives are of less value, I swear we won’t tolerate such, this will not happen.
“We have leadership in Islam, we are waiting for them to speak but we will never agree, we won’t accept this, killing of people is too much. They are claiming that Plateau is their state, Christian state, that’s a lie, let them do a census, let them count people and see. Who are the people that marry 4 wives, Muslims or infidels? Who gathers 50 children on earth, Muslim or infidels? They answered (Muslims)”.
Lies and worthless lies!
“I swear this will not go unpunish, we won’t accept this, and action must be taken and if they don’t take action, we will also react in our states. Every infidel (Christian) should prepare, he will leave the earth if nothing is done about our people that were killed in Jos. I swear we will revenge and you should know that the life of one Muslim is equivalent to 100 infidels (Christians). That is the truth, 1 Muslim’s life is equal to 100 infidels. No life is greater than another”.
It is either action if taking or they will see what they don’t like’, he concluded by saying some Muslim prayers in Arabic.
Meanwhile, a civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has lambasted the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly not taking any action a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric who threatened to kill Christians as in revenge for the murder of 25 Fulani travellers, who were intercepted and killed recently by suspected Irigwe militia in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
HURIWA, in a statement, on Monday, signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the DSS should have invited the cleric just as it had in the past interrogated a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia; as well as the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The statement was titled, ‘Why Has DSS Not Invited Ustaz Abubakar Salihu Zaria Over Alleged Incitement Against Christians? : HURIWA Asks DSS’.
It partly read, “The loud silence and apparent inaction of the hierarchy of the State Security Service also known as Department of State Services or the Nigeria Police Force to the unambiguous incitement against Christians made in a recent viral video allegedly by one Ustaz Abubakar Salihu Zaria has been described as discriminatory, illegal and totally indecorous.
HURIWA wondered “whether the security forces including the Nigerian Police were waiting for the threats to be fully executed before it can take any lawful measure to bring the said religious preacher to justice, or to account for his treacherous threats to attack Christians in Northern Nigeria to revenge the killing by yet to be named unknown gunmen of Moslem travellers commuting through Jos.
“We hereby ask them to invite the said Islamic cleric to say what he knows about a future plot to kill Christians in Northern Nigeria should any Moslem be killed by hoodlums in Plateau State and also find out why he classified Plateau State citizens all of whom have one religion or the other as infidels. These inciting comments and the inaction of either the Nigerian Police Force or the DSS are dangerous,” the group stated. (newsflashuk.com)