Ishaq Akintola who is the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu to compensate Fulani people who fall, victims of reprisal attacks, after they were accused of being behind the St. Francis Catholic Church attack on the June 5, leading to the death of more than 40 people and many others injured.
Ishaq Akintola’s statement is coming after it was announced that the people suspected to be behind the Owo Catholic Church attack have been arrested and the names released didn’t show that they were Fulanis.
Reacting to this, Ishaq said, “It behooves Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu to appease the Fulani victims of the reprisal attacks. Those who lost property should be compensated,”
Ishaq who believed that some Fulani people lost their lives due to the accusation said the governor should also provide some relief for those families who lost their loved ones.
The MURIC then blames the Ondo State governor and the media for “jumping to conclusions” and pointing accusing fingers at the Fulani herdsmen without proper investigations.
Speaking further, Ishaq called on Nigerians to stop jumping to quick conclusions whenever an attack happens and to equally stop ethnic profiling and hasty judgment. Adding that, tribes do not commit crimes but a few individuals in the tribe do.
Ishaq said, “There are criminals in all tribes just as there are decent people everywhere. Tribes do not commit crimes. It is individuals who do.”