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Boko Haram: Clerics call for national conference

Some Christian clerics in Lagos have condemned the Christmas Day bomb blasts in Niger and Plateau, saying the explosions were unwarranted.

The clerics said the bombing was not the best way to address grievances.

Reacting to the Christmas bombing in some parts of the country, the Catholic Dean, Lekki Deanery, Msgr.Francis Ogunmodede said the security threat in the country was a sign of dissatisfaction of some groups of people with the government.

He however, suggested the convocation of a sovereign national conference as the only solution to the crisis so that such groups could present their grievances.

Also speaking, Rev. Fr. Anthony Afariogun of the Catholic Major Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma, Edo, stated that the security situation in the country was getting unbearable and called on the government to urgently address the challenges.

“We should be very careful not to extend the ongoing crisis to a religious circle. If the Federal Government cannot handle it, it should seek the intervention of the international community.”

Afariogun advised the government to fish out those people trying to cause disunity and bring them to book before the situation got out of hand.

In his reaction, the Lagos Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Andrew Ogidan advised the Boko Haram militants who claimed responsibility for the bombings to spell out their grievances instead of killing innocent people.

“These faceless people should come out and state their mission to the government instead of killing innocent people in the country.”

The Director of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Msgr. Gabriel Osu, said that it was sad that such a disaster happened on a day when Christians all over the world were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Osu advised the government to take urgent steps in tackling the problem of insecurity in the country. (NAN)



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