Sultan of Sokoto says Mambilla Plateau violence not targeted at any tribe

Cross-section of prominent traditional rulers from Northern Nigeria at the launch of 2025 Vision of Da, Awah National Symposium at Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi on Friday (14/7/17).
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Cross-section of prominent traditional rulers from Northern Nigeria at the launch of 2025 Vision of Da, Awah National Symposium at Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi on Friday (14/7/17). 03541/14/7/17/Deji Yake/BJO/NAN

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, on Friday said 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,” Mr. Abubakar said in Bauchi.

He spoke at a national symposium and launching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria.

The sultan, however, decried the destruction during the violence, and prayed against a recurrence.

He said he had met with some leaders in Taraba and cautioned them against playing politics with lives of the people.

“As leaders, we must study situations during any crisis before commenting. We must avoid comments that will worsen already bad situations,” he said.

He said leaders must focus on putting out fire where there was one, and stressed the need to reach out to all stakeholders toward restoring normalcy.

He urged the 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,” Mr. Abubakar declared.

He said criminals should be treated as criminals without attributing such crimes to their tribe, religion or other inconsequential sentiments.

Mr. Abubakar urged residents of Mambilla Plateau to be at peace with each other, declaring that good will always triumph over evil.

Earlier, the national president of DCCN, Muhammad Maidoki, had said the body comprised of 51 groups out to propagate Islam.

He called on Muslims to refrain from vices, and urged Nigeria’s leaders to allow Muslims to reside and practice their religion in any part of the country.

The deputy governor of Bauchi State, Nuhu Gidado, in his speech, called for peaceful propagation of Islam in Nigeria.



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  • Abdullah Musa

    Thanks for the reminder Sultan.
    Next time they will send you the ‘document’ in advance.
    Meanwhile we believe it was mad-cow disease that unfortunately killed ONLY Fulanis.

    • Al Aswani


      Look let’s call a spade a spade. The Sultan of Sokoto is hypocritical to say the proof of
      targeted killings can only be proved if a document exists to show the pre-plan of the
      attackers. That’s crooked thinking. It should be condemned. There’s no document
      till now showing a pre-plan by Boko Haram, as example, but corpses of those it
      attacked as infidels and un-believers in the Islamic State of Nigeria. Do we
      then say for lack of document Boko Haram murders were not targeted?
      The Sultan says he was a former military officer but that’s not obvious.
      Intelligence in military terms means identification of the enemy force.
      That analysis can’t be done without ascribing tribe in this setting.

      • Qaqa Abu

        “The real problem with the country is that Jihad has been launched in
        Nigeria; and Islamists that have been interfering in the governance of the
        country using “Taqiyya” (approved deception) as “Stealth/Civilisation Jihad”,
        and Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen as violent Jihad, are relentless in their
        pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria. The objective of the Islamists
        (Political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia
        ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. The conflict between
        democracy as national ideology, and Sharia as a usurping ideology, is
        responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes
        of Jihad.”

        …………Army Generals T.Y Danjuma, Joshua Dongoyaro

        and Zamani Lekwot

        (July 14th, 2017)

        • Opekete

          This statement coming from these gentlemen and former decorated servicemen is the surest evidence of an Islamic ideological incubus ravaging the whole of our nation. The Christian community must as a matter of urgent concern their arsenal of resources to nip this deadly political move in the bud before it leads to further catastrophe.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          And it is this jihad that will ultimately kill Nigeria as a nation.

          • Bigzy

            We can’t wait. Die zoogeria, die!!!!

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I think you will regret saying this if it were to occur.

          • Bigzy

            Blah, blah , blah , blah , blah .

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            That’s cool. Have a great day.

          • Bigzy

            Was that a threat?

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I don’t need to threaten anyone sir. It is not in my power to do so.

          • Bigzy

            If you say so.

      • Abdullah Musa

        He thinks he is showing statesmanship.
        The attackers will not be dissuaded.
        It is up to him to either stand up for his people or be an albatross on their necks.

    • 0tile

      I am sorry my brother, you don’t belong to the lunatic horde. I thought you were thanking Sultan for his lunatic advise.

      • Abdullah Musa

        We pray for better understanding, if it is possible.

  • George

    Yeah he must see documents before this Satan of Sokoto can believe anything so who is to provide him with the needed documents when their animal Buhari went into coma in a foreign land. SHAMEFULL ANIMALS.

    • AryLoyds

      The Jihad is real , the sultan is only trying to justify the movement. The animals are really shameful and worthless.

  • Senator D

    @Sultan we already know! Just like you and your ilks claimed that the Fulani-Herdsmen are NOT “Fulani” and they were also “Foreigners”… We are know very well all these facts before you even said so. Afterall, the DSS, Police and our military are under your control so you have first-class information from Sokoto to Taraba down to Plateau!

  • Dan_Arewa

    That a very good advice from His Royal Father, the Sultan Of Sokwatto All Sa`ad , the unbiased Emir. You speak intelligently without taking side. You always preach peace and Unity of Nigeria. You are a role model to all Nigerians.

    • 0tile

      Dumb advise of a mad Islamic cleric. Shege.

      • Dan_Arewa

        Why is it that you always used derogatory words in you comment.
        Oh I see, May be you Don`t have good parental upbringing because you lack Mommy and Daddy. You are a product of BABY-FACTORY!

        • 0tile

          The baby factories are everywhere in the core North. The refugee camps are awash with baby factories, even the households with 4 wives 72 concubines are filled to the brim with dirty hungry babies. How can such babies have good parental upbringings? Think before you comment nonsense.

          • Dan_Arewa

            Aboki Otile, every body knows what Baby FACTORY is and where it is practise. Don`t try to rewrite history because you are a product of such.

  • What a senseless statement! Until you see a document you cannot believe that it was a planned attack. My question? How many times have you seen Boko haram with any documents about their attacks before you know that it was Boko haram? Most of these Evil attacks are made behind closed doors by Evil men where they discuss their Evil plans ORALLY as many of them are not Educated or Exposed. You know the truth but you DO NOT want to say it.

  • 0tile

    Sultan is talking like a mad Muslim. Hear him …The crisis was not planned by individuals or groups to eliminate any tribe. It was a good crisis, no harm intended. This is why I hate al-Taqiyya, whenever Muslims clerics utter such nonsense the faithful umaa will fall in line and praise them to Ajinat Firdaus. Watch their reactions, fanatics like: dele awogbeoba, Dan_Arewa, amazing2012, Abdullah Musa, Mufu Ola, aboki, and other Islamic fanatics will leap in frenzy. Nonsense


  • Mamman

    Zamani Lekwot. A convicted murderer. Joshua Dogonyaro. A renowned ‘coupist’. Plus the other impatient usual alarmists. Why am I not surprised? Yeahhhh… the chickens are coming home to roost. One doesn’t need to scratch his head as to why IBB struck in 1985.

  • Freedom Bini

    The Royal Highness may not be correct on this. I was in Mabilla during the Crises after the death of Leader of Gembu,Mabilla a Fulani. The locals asked that the next leader of Gembu was to come from the natives but this was resisted by the Fulanis who went to Bemeda, cameroun to bring in a man to be imposed on the people. This led to the destruction of many houses and killings of the innocents.Some people took refuge in Obasanjo’s House built there during 1966..

    • Tahir Bunu-hamza

      …..and whose many houses were destroyed and from which sides were the innocents killed?

  • musa aliyu

    No. Just tell us that no one was targetted and no one was injured. Mtchewww!!!!

  • Bigzy

    This is typical taqiyya talk.