- The Buhari Support Organization(BSO) has warned that Nasir El-Rufai must not use the DSS for his personal vendetta against Apostle Suleiman
- BSO says more efforts should be directed at apprehending the rampaging herdsmen
- The group says going after El-Rufai might be very disastrous
Following the recently aborted attempt by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Suleiman, the Buhari Support Organisation has cautioned the Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai against using the DSS for vendetta against the cleric.
Punch reports that the deputy director of the group, Blessing Agbomhere, said the DSS should be concerned with stopping the killings by the rampaging herdsmen instead of hounding the cleric for speaking the truth.
The DSS had attempted to arrest the cleric in Ekiti on Tuesday for asking his church members to kill any herdsmen that came near his church.
But speaking at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, the former Edo State governorship aspirant said the DSS should not allow itself to be used by el-Rufai to fight his war against Suleiman.
He warned the service against taking instructions from the governor, noting that the agency should rather invite the cleric to clarify his statement.
He said: “The DSS should not be taking instructions from el-Rufai and he should stop giving the impression that he is the one running the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“I hereby warn el-Rufai to concentrate on his state and find solutions to the massacre going on in Southern Kaduna. Rather than thinking of how to harass or arrest Suleiman, he should be thinking of how to bring about peace in his state.”
The All Progressives Congress chieftain said the DSS should invite the governor for giving public funds to Fulani herdsmen not t carry out attacks, stressing that this was tacit admission of terrorism sponsorship by the governor.
He noted that Suleiman had the right to speak out and protect himself against attack by armed herdsmen, pointing out that his comment could not be described as religious incitement or hate speech.
In a similar vein, Nigeria's former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and a group of notable Nigerians have moved to end the circle of communal violence in Southern Kaduna.
The delegation includes Archbishop of Abuja John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd) and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto.
The meeting which held in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area and Kagoro in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State on Thursday, January 26, was attended by religious clerics, traditional rulers and community groups.
Abubakar, who serves as chairman of the National Peace Committee, told the people of Southern Kaduna to bury the hatchets and coexist peacefully.
The committee had held similar meeting with Governor Nasir el-Rufai in an effort to find lasting solution to incessant attacks on communities by gunmen and reprisal killings in the area.