The Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has condemned the killing of 66 persons in a fresh violence in Kaduna State, declaring that it was meant to frustrate the election holding on Saturday.
In a statement signed by the organisation’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC described the killing as barbaric, inhuman and provocative.
The statement reads in part: “This killing is horrendous and cowardly act. It is calculated to truncate the general elections and also to provoke reactions. It is nothing but a terrorist act. No more, no less. The culprits must be apprehended. We strongly condemn the killings. Those who target vulnerable and innocent women and children for merciless killings deserve due punishment.
“These are rebellious subjects, enemies of peace. They see defeat staring at them squarely in the face in the 2019 elections. But they have decided to tow the path of violence instead of taking the expected outcome with equanimity.
“MURIC charges the Commissioner of Police in charge of Kaduna State to bring the culprits to book with immediate effect. Steps must be taken by both the government and security agencies to prevent the crisis from escalating. We appeal to Fulanis in the state to exercise restraint.”
The group said the timing of the killings suggested that the culprits intended to cause mayhem capable of disrupting the general election not only in Kaduna State but in the whole country.
According to MURIC, that was why they launched their attack on the eve of the general elections.
It said they had only used Kaduna State as a launching pad.
“We therefore call on the Nigerian security agencies to be on the tip-toes of alertness in order to ward off any crisis that rears its ugly head anywhere in the country particularly during the general elections,” MURIC said.