The Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Foundation has condemned Saturday’s attack on the Tijjaniyyah disciples.
The foundation said their members do not take laws into their hands and therefore will watch and see what the government will do to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The chairman of the foundation, Sayyadi Ibrahim Sheikh Dahiru, said in a statement issued yesterday that many people had travelled to Bauchi from Kwara, Kogi, Ekiti and other parts of the country for the Muharram prayers.
Ibrahim described as “worrisome” the gruesome murder of their members.
“Unfortunately, the government cannot guarantee the security of innocent citizens travelling to other parts of the country peacefully,” he said.
He prayed to Allah to forgive the deceased and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
MACBAN, GAFDAN want perpetrators fished out
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) puts the number of those killed at 29.
A statement issued by the National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, stated that the travellers were from Ondo State and returning after visiting Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
Ngelzarma said the travellers had been attacked without any provocation and condemned what he described as “senseless violence” on travellers in Plateau State.
“We call on the security agencies to fish out perpetrators of this dastardly act as this is coming barely two weeks after trucks carrying livestock and foodstuffs were vandalized at the same location.
“Plateau, which enjoyed peace in recent times, is seeing an escalation in the run-up to local by-elections and this is unacceptable. We believe those behind this dastardly act are known and must be brought to account,” he said.
The state chairman of the association, Nura Abdullahi, said they were concerned about the fate of the remaining victims who were yet to be accounted for.
“Our concern now is that out of 90 persons in the five buses, only 25 dead bodies have been recovered with 10 others that are injured. We are demanding that the state government and security agencies recover the remaining 55 persons,” he said.
The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) in Ekiti State called on the government at the federal level to improve the security of lives and property in the country stressing that people should have a sense of safety when they travel from one destination to another.
The Secretary of GAFDAN in Ekiti State, Ibrahim Toyin, while condemning the attack on their members, said: “those killed were from Ayedun-Ekiti, who went for a religious function.”
He called on the Ekiti State government to contact the Governor of Plateau State to see that those who killed their member were brought to book.