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Boko Haram crisis blamed on poverty

By George Onah
Port Harcourt— A Muslim group in Port Harcourt, Al-Usrah Incorporated, has blamed the Boko Haram sectarian violence in some parts of Northern Nigeria on poverty and unemployment, which ultimately exposed the youths to undue indoctrination by some questionable religious preachers.

Particularly, it told the Federal Government and the governments of the northern states to see the violence as a failure on their part to make available basic needs of life for the citizenry, stressing that the youths of the nation must be rescued from degenerating into further savagery.

In a statement in Port Harcourt made available to Vanguard yesterday, the group reasoned that the greatest of all evils was idleness, pointing out that the youths that would have been adequately engaged in useful ventures by governments had been abandoned to their fate.

The group, in the statement signed by the Imam, Dr. Abdulrazak Killani of Al-Usrah, said:   “We recognize that the emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria is a demonstration of the failure of the elites who have taken power by institutionalizing the culture of power without responsibility.

“We do not have anything to celebrate in the feat achieved by the police in the current extra judicial killings of Nigerians. It is savage, unconstitutional, immoral and undemocratic. Let our government wake up

“It is possible that as many of such ugly incidents may still arise in the future as long as our police are not interested in intelligence gathering, but prefer summary execution of suspected criminals”.

Al-Usrah was of the view that “time is now to reflect on why able-bodied youths would take up arms against the institutions that are supposed to protect lives and property, in their quest for justice, transparency in governance and respect for human life”.

Further, the group said “the re-branding programme of the federal government should begin with this task and the government’s mantra of rule of law should be demonstrated with this ugly episode in our national history by bringing to book all those involved in the extra-judicial killing of leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf “.

Al-Usrah, however, condemned any group that preaches that Islam was against education.  Education in Islam, it argued, had been made obligatory by our dear Prophet Muhammad (Peace and bless of Allah be on Him).


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