Xmas: Cleric urges Nigerians not to fear Boko Haram

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BY TONY EDIKE

ENUGU- THE General Overseer of the Assemblies of God Church of Nigeria, Prof Paul Emeka, yesterday, asked Nigerians, particularly those living in the southern part of the country, not to be afraid over the threat by Boko Haram to disrupt the Christmas celebration.

Addressing newsmen, Prof Emeka said there was nothing like Boko Haram but an invention aimed at islamizing the country.

He wondered the kind of religion that relishes in killing and maiming people and yet hold tight to the belief that paradise was theirs.

He dismissed the excuse by members of the sect that they were fighting poverty as a ruse, saying “If truly they are fighting poverty why should their targets be the poor people, churches and other places of worship?”

He said: ”They should have turned their guns on those at the top and leave the poor masses alone. After all who is not hungry in Nigeria. Everybody is hungry. They are just interested in killing”.

“You don’t address poverty by killing people. The people they are killing are poor people”.

The clergyman argued that if Boko Haram was not invented for the purpose of the complete islamazation of Nigeria, let the prominent people in the North speak up and tell the world whether if the Boko Haram method is the acceptable way to evangelize.

Prof Emeka, however, enjoined all and sundry in the South to be vigilant during this Christmas celebration as the reported infiltration of the Boko Haram in the Southern states was not a hoarse.

“We should be cautious but not fearful to ensure that they do not succeed in their nefarious activities,” he counseled.

He further urged the federal, state, local governments as well as the churches to evolve security devices and approaches that would effectively nip the plans of the sect in the bud.

“We would not allow this country to be disintegrated due to the activities of the Boko Haram. While I sympathize with the Northern states, I will advise those of the South to be extra vigilant and make sure that they do not infiltrate their states,” said Prof Emeka, who lamented that several members of his church had been attacked in   North since the Boko Haram crisis began.

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