SHIITE KILLINGS: Varsity Don Warns Govt – Don’t Cause Another Insurgency Crisis in Nigeria
A university Don and a management consultant, Professor David Iorrnem, has made an appeal to all levels of government to be very careful not to throw Nigeria into another challenge of insurgency after there was a crisis which resulted to the murdering of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) which is also known as the Shi’ite group not long ago in Kano State.
He stated that, he is worried based on the fact that the circumstances that resulted to the death of the leader of the new Boko Haram which increased into serious security challenges the nation is still battling to control.
Professor Iornem who is an American life time achievement National awardee for service in education made this known at the weekend while he was addressing selected journalists in Kaduna.
He also made it clear that the on-going crisis between the government and this group must come to an end, making emphasis that the political, religious and community leaders must be determined to bring the crisis to lasting end.
According to him, it is unfortunate that we have deteriorated to the present level, but if our leaders, Political leaders, religious leaders, community leaders are determined, we can pull ourselves out of this crisis.
“I have never thought that a Nigeria where in the open, one group will go after another group, attacking with sticks and kill them. And it will just come to an end, nothing will happen, that is to show that Nigeria to fast turning into a lawless place. This is occurring right in front of us.
“If you can remember all the things that brought the reign of Boko Haram, it was impunity of those that are suppose to uphold the law. Some people who were suspected to have done wrong were arrested, everybody was aware that they were arrested, they showed them to the public. But the leader was killed a few days later.
“We now have a situation that keeps coming back, but it seem like we have forgotten so soon, because there is a case whereby the Shiite group of Muslims, who are been condemned of doing things wrongly are being killed, and I am not absolving them, but normally if somebody or a group of persons have done something wrong, the state have a recognized way of responding, you can presume the people innocent and try them in a competent law court. You can engage with the people to make sure they do the right thing. I don’t see that being done.
“I see a constituted government proscribing and outlawing a group, saying that such group is illegal, is not recognized, and people use that as a license to go after the members of that group is not the solution.
“I really want to make an appeal to the Governor of Kaduna State to void the law banning the Shiite group. I also want to make an appeal to other concerned authorities, that they should deal with the group in a respectful and meaningful manner, so as to avoid what brought about the rise of Boko Haram.”
“I think I am mre qualified to speak on this issue because I am impartial and you know I am a Christian, this issue has really disturbed my mind. People will surely hold me in a certain kind of light if I was a Muslim or belong to the other Muslim group, but in this case I am neutral, but I strongly believe that the situation will be handled i the right manner so it will not lead to another war.”