Impersonation is undeniably one of the most dangerous, tainting threats, which results in an almost inescapable allegations.
Nigerian Muslims are currently battling something similar, since 2002 when an unknown group of Islamic sect started kidnapping, killing, bombing people and houses in Maiduguri before it finally escalated to some other parts of the country.
Firstly, the sect bear an Islamic name; Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād meaning; "Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad", they are dressed like Muslims and utter some Arabic words upon slaughtering humans and terrorizing people. But, the truth is 'these terrorists' are non-muslims because nowhere in the Qur'an or Hadith teaches Violence or Killing of Humans as they practice. Unfortunately, some people still find this hard to believe because of what they see on their screens and some informations they are been fed with.
More sadly, this same disheartening impression is all over the world, and Islam is been flagged with a reputation of hypocrisy, violence and terrorism.
Since 2001, 99% of all terrorism-related deaths have occurred in countries embroiled in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, or have high levels of political terror (meaning extrajudicial killings, torture, and imprisonment without trial), like Nigeria. In 2013, more than 80 percent of deaths from terrorism took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
But guess what?, The truth remains unchanged; Islam as the name implies is a religion of absolute Peace and tranquility.
Now back to the subject matter, The Fulani people were known to be very tender, religious, and accommodating before the Herdsmen killings started, and all of a sudden, we were all expected to assume it all came from the Fulani people. To an average wise person, these should trigger some few questions like: 'why would they kidnap and kill us?' 'Has there been enmity between us?' If yes, 'is it religious, tribal, or chauvinism?' Before the whole thing began, has there been records of Fulani people Kidnapping, Killing or brutalizing with no tangible reasons whatsoever?
All these questions will bring us a justifiable answer as to If the real 'Fulani people' are actually the movers of the Herdsmen killings in the country.
I therefore, call on my beloved brothers: let's all not forget that Nigeria is ours, and except for few of us and most of our wealthy politicians who have where to scale once the country is on fire, we are right here! Whoever had witnessed one or two Ethnic or Ethno- religious crises will not yearn for another. We do not pray for war and so, we should not let our actions speak otherwise.
Yes! The Herdsmen are killing people and it's so unfortunate and disheartening but we should not mistake them for our dear innocent Fulani brothers and sisters. The consequence of our present actions, to begin with, is not farfetched. Once these people are been displaced, brutalized, chased out of our lands, we should not but expect a worse retaliation on our Fathers, Mothers, Sons and daughters in their Lands as well. Violence and War should be the last decision after several measures to include cold dialogues have failed. There is nothing to gain in ethnic violence except grief and anguish.
And more so, Belongingness to a tribe or religion is above human's wisdom and power; The Almighty made it to be so, and upon this fact we must build our Faith and mindset. We do not possess an innate sense of ethnic or religious affiliation, we became Yoruba, Christian, Muslim, Hausa, Fulani, and so on basically as a factor of geographical, ancestral, and societal influences perfectly portioned by our Creator; I mean we never asked for it. And for this reason, we must not forget we are all 'a single' human.
Let's continue to love one another, tolerate, investigate for truth rather than laying accusations, and more importantly pray earnestly because Together, we can bring Peace to our Fatherland.
God bless Nigeria!
I am Shuaib Ibrahim Olawale (Khaleel_Rahman).