Boko Haram: Catholic bishops blame FG, others for laxity

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*PFN  charges Jonathan to take decisive action

By PETER OKUTU & CALEB AYANSINA

ABAKALIKI – CATHOLIC Bishops of Nigeria, weekend, blamed the Federal Government and other governmental agencies for failing to check the menace caused by the Boko Haram sect in different parts of the country, especially in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

Relatedly, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN,  has charged President Goodluck Jonathan to be decisive on Jos killings and Boko Haram, warning that the country was gradually sliding into anarchy,

PFN added that the ultimate objective of Boko Haram and those behind Jos killings was a forceful and total islamisation of the country.

The Catholic bishops also noted that State Security Service, SSS, and other security agencies had in the past five years furnished governments at all level with information on activities of the sect but that nothing significant had been done to curtail their activities.

Bishops identify Boko Haram base
President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Archbishop Felix Alaba Job, who made the assertion while declaring open the Second Plenary session of the Catholic Bishops Conference in Abakaliki, noted that the sect was not faithful to the norms and principles of Islam which they claim was the basis for their activities.

He said: “We have spoken at length on it. The blame as I know it is with the government because State Security Service, SSS, in the past five years has been monitoring these people. If you go to Maiduguri, you discover that their headquarters is at Central Railway quarters. What has the government done? At the first outbreak, I was there. I have been talking since then.”

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, PFN President also  President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Orisajafor, said: “It is obvious that Boko Haram is not only against Western education and way of life, but has a mission of total Islamisation and destabilisation of the  Federal Government.

PFN tackles govt
“The government has told us that they know some of the sponsors of Boko Haram and we have heard it, but we have not seen anything.  We have not seen any important personality arrested that they have said could be those behind these bombings. We know that some young boys had been arrested, but when you see those boys, you begin to ask  where will those boys get the money to see bombs, to buy sophisticated weapons.

“Something is wrong, government has told us they have an idea and they know some people behind this, so what are they waiting for? They are treating this issue with kid gloves.

”We are saying it is time for government to act decisively and forcefully, Nigerians are agitating to get the kind of result they ought to get.

“Boko Haram have said it themselves that they are out to Islamise this country, so this makes it much more serious that government must act quickly. There is underlining factor that they make this country ungovernable for anybody to govern.

“We have observed that security forces involved in Jos crisis have been polarised along religious and ethnic lines. This is very dangerous for our country. Many commissions of inquiry have been set up to investigate the crisis in Jos, but till today, nothing has been heard of them. It is time for the results to be made public and also implemented.”

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