“It is unfortunate that the Council of Ulamas, an esteemed body of religious leaders will be more concerned about the number of vehicles burnt and their youths arrested as suspects without giving attention to the number of youths and women that were shot and [macheted] to death.”
Sallah Day = Eid al-Adha. “Jos Violence – STF Connived to Kill Christians –CAN,” by Raymond Gukas for the Daily Champion, September 7 (thanks to Twostellas):
Jos “” Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) yesterday joined issues with the Ulama and Elder Council over the recurring violence in the state which has claimed hundreds of lives even as it accused the leadership of the Special Task Force(STF) of complicity in the massacre of Christians.
The body described as blantant lies claims by the Ulamas that 200 vehicles belonging to Muslims were burnt during the Sallah day clash between Christians and Muslims . It insisted that Christians have suffered mores losses both in terms of death casualties and property destroyed since the crises started.
It specifically said that over 122 churches have been burnt from 1999 to date , contending that the plot of Moslems in the state was islamise Jos North.
CAN described as unfortunate and self-implicating, the letter written to President Goodluck Jonathan by Ulama/Elder Council, in which it claimed that over 200 vehicles were burnt in the recent Sallah riot in Jos, Plateau State, and that about 30 Muslim youths were arrested and are being detained in connection with the riot.
Addressing newsmen in Jos, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Philip Dafes said “our attention has been drawn to a letter written to the President by the Council of Ulama, Plateau State chapter alleging that the Christians attacked them during Sallah and burnt over 200 vehicles claiming also that no arrest was made while confirming that about 30 Muslim youths were picked at random and were in detention at the state CID.
“It is unfortunate that the Council of Ulamas, an esteemed body of religious leaders will be more concerned about the number of vehicles burnt and their youths arrested as suspects without giving attention to the number of youths and women that were shot and matcheted [sic] to death during the violent attack on the community, and also not minding the killing of Plateau citizens in Jos and surrounding villages by militant mercenaries on daily basis”.
Also speaking at a press conference, the Jos north chairman of the Association Rev. David Bamidele added that in the recent clash between the christens [sic] and Muslims 16 of his member were killed, 47 wounded and 26 are still missing.
He accused the out-gone Special Task Force [STF], Brig. Gen. Hassan Umaru of complicity in the killing of his members saying he should be held responsible and tried for his involvement in the crisis.
He said , “I was there and I saw him leading the Muslims to the Rukuba road prayer ground which the security does not allow , but he led them even on the day that was not a Shallah day [Monday].
“So our youths mobilized themselves and demanded for an explanation since that day was not the sallah day and is from there that the disagreement ensued between the two groups”.…