BY LAJA THOMAS
KNIGHTS and Ladies of St John International drawn from the United States, West Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the Caribbean Islands, have condemned the activities of the Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, in Nigeria.
The condemnation came at their International and Biennial Convention at the Westin Hotel, Charlotte, United Sates of America, which held under the theme, Gather us together-Make Us One Bread, One Body, In Your Love.
In a communiqué signed by the Supreme President, Knights of St John International, General Timothy Hoerst, the knights observed that society at large has been faced with numerous and often devastating challenges, such as the global financial meltdown and Islamic fundamentalism.
They said: “We also condemn the continued display of religious intolerance in some countries for example, the Boko Haram fanatical Muslim insurgence in Nigeria. All these disasters have greatly influenced society’s apprehension on our common wellbeing and security.”
Speaking after the convention, the leader of the Nigerian delegation and Supreme Subordinate President of Nigeria, Major General Ansalem Okafor, expressed regret that the activities of Boko Haram have presented Nigeria in a bad light before the international community and has the tendency to create religious disharmony if not properly handled.
He thereafter urged people not to get involved in any form of terrorist activities perpetrated in the name of religion. He said: “We encourage and develop the spirit of love of country and of its institutions and to extend to the whole world the spirit of good will.”