By Umar Yusuf, Yola
….Lutheran Archbishop preaches peace
The President, Lutheran World Federation and the Archbishop Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, LCCN, Most Reverend Musa Filibuster, has condemned, in strong terms, the terror attack on a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State and a clash in a Fulani community in Numan that claimed the lives of dozens of people and injuring many more.
The cleric’s condemnation came as the Muslim Council and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State differed on the genesis of the Numan killings.
“We woke up yesterday to the sad news of irreparable and disheartening losses of human lives due to the deadly attack on worshipers in a mosque in Mubi and a clash between herdsmen and farming communities in Numan Local Government,Adamawa State”, Filibuster said in a statement.
“This kind of wanton destruction of human lives is not acceptable for whatever reason and is condemnable in strongest terms. We must learn to live together in peace despite the differences in trade, creed or belief.
At this time that Adamawa State is beginning to enjoy relative security and peace, the activities of insurgents and conflict between communities should not draw us back to the dark days”, the Archbishop stated.
“It is our prayer that God would console the families that lost their beloved ones in the incidents and grant quick recovery to those who were injured.
“I strongly call on farmers and herdsmen to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue in overcoming any misunderstanding towards peaceful co-existence. I also call on all citizens to not take the law into their hands as this only perpetuates the cycle of violence”.
While reacting to to the killings in Numan, Adamawa Muslim Council accused some militia of being behind it, describing it as a genocide against the Muslim dominated area.
In a statement in Yola, the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, called on the state government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the carnage and perpetrators with a view to bringing them to justice.
CAN, on its part, called on the public to disregard any insinuation that the attack had religious undertone.
The state Chairman of CAN, Reverend Stephen Mamza, in a statement, said the association abhorred religious violence.
He asked traditional and opinion leaders to stand together for peaceful coexistence and harmony.