The Hausa/Fulani community in Akwa Ibom state has ended their long silence over the shooting and killing of unarmed villagers by suspected herdsmen in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
Head of Hausa community in the State, Alhaji Hassan Sadauki, condemned the August 8 killing of one Mr Friday Etor and the injuring of other farmers from Ikot Obio Nso, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state.
Sadauki made the condemnation while reacting to the incident, during an interview with newsmen as reported by News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo on Monday.
The community leader noted that the Hausa/Fulani settlers in the state had coexisted for years with the farmers without any such incident.
“It very sad indeed; we are not praying for such a thing to happen again.
“We the Hausa/Fulanis that reside within this very environment have been enjoying very peaceful coexistence with the host community,” Sadauki said.
He charged the Hausas/Fulanis residents in the state to be law-abiding and report any misunderstanding they might have with the people to their leaders in the state for a peaceful settlement.
Sadauki reminded them that there could be no meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancor and misunderstanding among the different ethnic groups in the state.
“There was no reason for the killing and attack; though as human, even in one family we are bound to have one misunderstanding or the other because of individual interests.
“So it is very uncalled for to lose a life. We pray that relevant security agencies will do their best to bring the perpetrators to book.
there should be a peaceful way to dialogue and find a way out of such a situation.
“We have the Myetti Allah in the state which represents the Fulani herdsmen.
“In case of any misunderstanding, they should bring it to the notice of Myetti Allah for a peaceful settlement, instead of taking laws into their hands.
“I pray that we coexist in peace and harmony. I pray to the Almighty that this should be the last; we should not be having crisis among ourselves
“I use this medium to draw the attention of our faithful to the fact that they should be law-abiding citizens,” he said.
NAN recalls that the Chairman of Ikot Obio Nso Village Council, Chief George Okodi, had informed Governor Udom Emmanuel about the incident when he visited the place on Aug 9.
Nearly 1,700 violent deaths have been attributed to Fulani herdsmen in attacks carried out between January and September 2018, according to a report of 2018 Global Terrorism Index.