Political and religious leaders have urged residents to remain united.This was during Eid UI-Adha celebration in Isiolo.They have called for peaceful coexistence and a fight to end banditry within the pastoralism counties.
Led by Sheikh Ibrahim Qabale, County Council of Imams Chair Rtd Col. Hassan Bonaya and former Deputy Governor Abdi Issa, the leaders urged residents to shun innocent killings as it is against Islam teachings.“It is against our teachings to kill innocent people irregardless of being Muslim or not as it is only God who has the power over our lives. We should embrace protecting each another as brothers and sisters instead of murdering each other,” Sheikh Qabale stated.
Moreover, they advised residents to work hard towards personal property acquisition instead of stealing other people’s hard-earned property.“It is unfortunate that those attacking, killing and stealing animals from each other are all Muslims while Islam warns against benefiting from another person’s sweat,” added Abdikadir Osman.
Mr Shariff, who vied for Isiolo North MP seat during last August’s election, appealed to the local leaders to embrace unity to find a lasting solution to insecurity menace that is largely affecting pastoralism in the region.He further noted that the leader’s failure to unite will lead to suffering for the residents who relied on them to provide solutions to issues affecting them.“We initially thought the attacks were as a result of fight over resources but that is no longer the issue. We appeal to our leaders to come together and chat a lasting solution to the menace,” he told journalists.
The appeal comes in the wake of rising insecurity incidents in Isiolo South constituency where at least 10 people have been killed and unknown number of livestock stolen in the last one month.
The leaders also called on the national government to find ways of cushioning communities in the Arid and Semi-Arid lands from pangs of hunger that continue to affect them.“The government should find a way of helping our people who have been adversely hit by the ongoing drought,” noted Dr Issa.
They spoke during prayers to mark Eid Ul-Adha at Wabera primary school grounds where they appealed to the faithful to share the little they had with the less fortunate in the spirit of the celebrations.