SHAFAQNA – Leader of the Northern Elders Council, Tanko Yakassai, has urged the federal government to treat the killing of Shiite muslims in Kaduna by the Nigerian army with caution.
He warned that Nigeria would be in a big crisis should the group choose to toe the path of violence.
“The matter should be handled with utmost care. It is not because I believe what the Shiites did was right, but I believe that now that we are trying to see the end of insurgency, we should not see the emergence of something similar to Boko Haram in a different form.
“The Shiites are more in number in Nigeria and more widespread than members of the Boko Haram. If the group should resort to violence, it will make things more difficult for Nigerians. So I appeal to the government and the military to handle the problem with care.
He however believes that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. -Gen. Tukur Buratai, shouldn’t be sacked by the President over the issue.
“But I don’t think that Buratai should be blamed, if he as chief of army staff had to come out to call the leader of the Shiite group on the phone, to plead with him to speak to his people to make way for the military to pass, what else can anybody ask for? I think he did his best.”