We have to do something decisively about the Boko Haram . We have decided that (have we not?).
The Boko Haram group of lawless people who have decided to bring mayhem to the nation. There is nothing Islamic about them, it seems to me that they are political at best and vaguely sectarian.
The Boko Haram visited Jos in Plateau, Madalla, Suleja in Niger State and Gadaka in Yobe State and left tales of devastation. That cannot be acceptable. The police claimed 12 dead; eye witness said 35 dead : Does it matter? Any death cannot be justified.
The man who has the mandate to speak for Islam in Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubabakr III has said it has nothing to do with Islam.
He condemned the Christmas Day bomb across the country saying the group was evil.
He called for both religions to come together to put a stop to their activities.
The Sultan said: “I want to assure all Nigerians that there is no conflict between Christians and Muslims, between Islam and Christianity. It is a conflict between evil and the good people and the good people must come together to defeat the evil ones and that is the message”.
Sultan Abubakar III assured all “we will do all we can in the best of our ability to solve the numerous problems confronting our country”.
He also said : “We have to close ranks because nowhere in our two religions, both Christianity and Islam that says we should be violent in dealing with one another.
“ Nobody can take anybody’s life, it is unislamic, it’s ungodly, nobody can take anybody’s life, all lives are sacred, must be respected and protected”.
David Mark, President of the Senate, described it as war against Nigerians. He should know. He was a former soldier. And many notable Nigerians have condemned the attacks notably, among them were Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Major-General (rtd) Muhammadu Buhari,Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Femi Falana, Chief Maxi Okwu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Dr. Frederick Faseun and Alhaji Shettima Yerima.
Mark described the Boko Haram “ as insane members of the society that must be stopped forthwith.
“This spate of bombing and killing of innocent and harmless country men and women cannot be a way of life. This is not part of our culture or way of life. Leaders at all levels across the divide must rise to this unwarranted affront against Nigerians”
David Mark enjoined all men and women worth the name “must join the vanguard to preach the gospel of peace, love and reconciliation”.
He said whatever the anger or misgivings, neither our laws nor the holy books allow unlawful taking of another man’s life. This is totally intolerable”.
Tinubu, a leader of the ACN, said Nigeria was faced with the challenge to its sovereignty and national stability. It was time that called for courageous leadership. He said “hard decisions must be taken, our security system and above all arrest the monumental failure of intelligence which is clearly apparent”.
Nigeria, it said, needs fixing. It is ripe for a National Conference. It may be necessary to negotiate the basis of the Nigerian union.
Pat Utomi also called for the need to decide where the nation is going. The politicians’ knives came out and they all made suggestions to improve the wellbeing of the Nigerian.
I have treated the Sultan’s speech in length because it will matter in the long run. Let those who rattle the sabres think twice before they plunge the nation into unimaginable civil war.
The Muslims, Christians and all Nigerians must work together to see the Boko Haram or any pestilence does not overtake us.