Borno elders beg Buhari to intervene in Shiite crisis

Ramon Oladimeji
The Borno Elders Forum has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, calling on him to intervene in the crisis rocking Kaduna State in relation to the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also called Shiite, in the state.
The BEF, in an open letter to the President, by its Chairman, Usman Galtimari, urged Buhari to note that the situation with the Shiites in Kaduna was similar to what happened in Borno in the early days of the Boko Haram sect activities.
While pointing out that it was neither in support nor against the Shiites, the forum warned that the situation in Kaduna must be handled with care to prevent a repeat of what happened in the North-East with Boko Haram.
The letter read in part, “From what we read and heard in the print and electronic media, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has been branded as an insurgency group and therefore outlawed. We see what is happening in Kaduna State as similar to what happened in Borno State back in 2009 leading to a sorry state of affairs in the State.
“Your Excellency may concur with us that there is the need to draw lessons from our recent and indeed ongoing crisis in the North-East and pockets of other crisis across the country. It is therefore necessary to take all the available routes to avert any further incidents.
“We wish to appeal to you to arrest the Kaduna situation and amicably settle all contending issues so that peace will reign in central Nigeria. Our harrowing experiences in the North-East should be enough to guide us as a nation to cultivate peace and peaceful co-habitation.”
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