Cleric calls for suspension of emergency rule

President Goodluck Jonathan

The cleric says Nigerians have learnt their lesson.

The Chairman Council of Ulama of the Jamatu Izalatil Bid’a Wa Ikkamatis Sunnah, Sani Jingir, has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse the state of emergency rule imposed in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The cleric made his position known on Monday in Jos.

“Innocent people living in the states are being subjected to untold hardship and are suffering unnecessary,” he said.

According to Mr. Jingir, soldiers posted to the troubled states have forced residents to remain indoors without any meaningful economic venture toward sustaining their daily living.

“The activities of security men in the affected states have halted their economic and other social activities,” he said.

He appealed to Muslim leaders and followers as well as non Muslims, traditional rulers and politicians to unite for a true nation building.

“Security forces sent to the affected states should note that they are not meant to use their weapons to kill innocent people or to molest them as some of the stories being told by some of those who managed to come out are indicating,” he added.

The Muslim cleric declared that Nigerians have learnt their lessons from the protracted unrest and are willing to live in peace with one another, irrespective of political ethnic, religious differences.

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