Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 December 2012

Nigeria: Southern Kaduna Disagrees With JNI Over Military Chiefs

Kaduna — Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum (SKIPFO) says the statement credited to Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI), which accused the Nigeria Army authorities of religious bias in the removal of Air Vice - Marshal Abdukadir Kure as Commandant of Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) and Maj Gen Mohammed Danhane Isa as Commander Infantry Corps Jaji, was aimed at creating religious sentiment in the military.

A statement by the chairman of the forum, Major George Asake (rtd) said similar actions by the military authorities in which some army generals were accused of complicity in violence against Christians have never come under the venom of any Christian group.

"SKIPFO is miffed by the unguarded and inflammatory statement made by Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu on behalf JNI to the effect that the redeployment from command of both Air Vice-Marshal Kure and Maj Gen Isa as Commander Infantry Corps both located in Jaji Kaduna is tinged with religious bias.

"We have followed with keen interest the several statements that have continuously been flowing from the JNI, signed by their Secretary General Dr Khalid Aliyu, since the advent of the Boko Haram scourge which has become a national disgrace and nightmare.

"While the JNI and Islamic leaders have consistently denied Boko Haram's activities as Islamic, they have all the same always come out firing from all cylinders at every individual or group who calls for the declaration of Boko Haram as a terrorist group.

"And now it is the turn of the JNI to even go further and impugn that the military which is one of the few institution (if not the only institution) in the country that still maintains a semblance of credibility and religious balance and harmony", it said.

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