Politics divide Christians, Muslims in Gwoza- [Nigerian Tribune]

IT took the intervention of the Borno State deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha to avert the clash between Christians and Muslims living in Barawa town of Gwoza Local Government council of Borno State.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that, a call for reconciliation by the Borno State deputy governor to residents of Barawa town, who fled their homes owing to Boko Haram activities in the area turned sour, when the Muslim community accused their Christian brothers of giving the names of some of their kinsmen as members of the Boko Haram insurgents to the military for arrest.

Troubled by this accusation, Abubakar Waha told the Borno State deputy governor that soldiers killed about 129 Muslims and burnt their houses because the Christians gave their names as Boko Haram members to the soldiers. When the Christians moved to defend themselves on this accusation before the deputy governor, it almost resulted in a clash.

While urging the communities for refrain, the deputy governor asked them to forward lists of able youths for recruitment into the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), where they would be given allowances to ensure the protection of lives and properties of their area against insurgence like what is going on in Maiduguri.

“We want you to bring the lists of 200 youths from Ashigashiya, 150 from Ngoshe and 100 each from Jibrili and Barawa respectively, so that we can assist  them with small allowances like the JTF youths in Maiduguri, to protect your area so that soldiers would not come to make arrest here, but you should sit down both Christians and Muslims to carefully select these youths.” He said.

Also speaking in an interview with Nigerian Tribune,  Audu Yaya, a resident of Barawa said Christians and Muslims in Gwoza had been living peacefully but the ambition of some politicians who wanted to use religion to achieve political goals was seriously disturbing the peace they had previously enjoyed.

Nigerian Tribune

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