A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure prosecution of those responsible for the bombing of villagers during Maulud celebration in Tudun Biri, Kaduna State.
Over 90 people were killed and many others injured in the Sunday night airstrikes by the Nigerian Army which described the shelling as accidental and targeted at bandits.
The cleric also urged the government to act swiftly to prevent further violence and protect the lives and rights of Nigerians, adding that the government should respect their dignity, right to life and freedom of religion.
He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and the entire Muslim community and prayed to Allah to forgive the deceased and grant them paradise.
He said that he and his followers were in grief and that they could not understand why some people would kill innocent Muslims who were not involved in any conflict.
He said, “We want the government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene and ensure justice for those who lost their lives in the Maulud attack, along with prosecuting the individuals responsible. The government must take proactive measures to address ongoing challenges and safeguard the security of Nigerians.
“We are in a state of confusion, as those in authority continue to turn a blind eye to the plight of those who are oppressed and unheard. Whose fault is it? The government’s or someone else’s? It is unacceptable to trivialize the concerns and grievances of the people; we emphasize the urgent need for thorough investigation into this serious tragedy that has claimed many lives.
“Conducting a serious investigation about this bombing that is said to be an accident is very crucial in order to mitigate future occurrences and to reveal the truth and the motive behind the tragedy.
“In the past, some Muslims were killed on their way back home after attending a religious event, and they were attacked in Jos and other places. This is unacceptable.”