Only Muslim Leaders can end Boko Haram in the North

AyoThe President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor stated that only religious leaders in the North and not President Jonathan can end Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Pastor Oritsejafor made this statement at the graduation, send off and prize giving ceremony of the Stephen International Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He said, ”With all sense of responsibility, I use this opportunity to call on all muslims religious leaders, traditional rulers and political leaders in the North (not necessarily in the South West because in the South West, we have lived together and I know the way it operates in the South West) to rise up to solve this problem.

“I was told this land, where this school is built, was bought from a Muslim. If a Muslim organisation needs a land and a Christian has it, sell it to him. That’s the way to live and the kind of country we are looking for.

” So, I am challenging our religious leaders, political rulers and traditional rulers from the North as a matter of urgency, to step forward and take responsibilities for the way out of this problem.”

Boko Haram, he said, “Is propelled by a religious ideology, and not poverty. Anyone who tells you it is poverty is not telling you the truth. It’s not poverty. When you blame it on poverty, it is an insult to poor people.

“There are poor people everywhere, even Christians all over the North. Bin laden was not a poor man; he is from a rich Saudi Arabian family.

“The Nigerian boy, who almost blew up a plane on Christmas day, is a son of one First Bank chairman and he is still one of the richest people in Nigeria today. Boko haram insurgency is an ideology. People are being radicalized by an ideology.

“Salafism and Wahhabism are doctrines that come from Saudi Arabia and they have crept into the South West . They have taken people to Saudi Arabia and sent them back to you and coming into our mosques, they start their own new mosques and radicalizing some of them.”

He said, “Now, this ideology must be countered with a superior ideology. You can only counter an ideology with another superior ideology. They must engage them and win them with a superior argument and spread a positive view to Nigerians in the grass-roots, to their followers in mosques and everywhere.”

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