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Arewa youths champion unity among religious leaders

Lagos – The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) on Tuesday called for unity among religious leaders to curtail the tide of insecurity in Nigeria.

The call followed reports of reprisal attacks in Kaduna State following the suicide bombing at three churches in Kaduna and Zaria on Sunday.

AYCF President, Alhaji Yerima Shetima,said  in Lagos that rather than make inciting comments, religious leaders must see the situation as a challenge to their faith.

“No religion encourages killing for any reason. Religious leaders must see the situation as a call to stand united and face the common enemy; Boko Haram is not a religious creation.

“The only way to fight it is for all religions, including traditional, to work together to avert crisis that could result from people’s misunderstanding of Boko Haram’s action as a religious war,’’ he said.

According to him, religious leaders, including Muslims and Christians, who shy away from telling their followers the truth, must realise that a crisis will consume every Nigerian.

“War, be it religious or ethnic is an evil wind that blows no one any good,’’ he warned.

He advised that Nigerians must refrain from giving in to the sect by helping it to further create confusion in the country.

“The truth remains that the Boko Haram is an enemy of every Nigerian, Northerners and Southerners, even Islamic clerics have been affected.

“There is no doubt that the only way out is for the people to remain united and assist the government in combating this devil,’’ Yerima said.

Also reacting to the reprisal attacks, the President of the Igbo Youth Congress (IYC), Mr Bright Ezeocha, told NAN that there was need for every leader to discourage reprisal attacks.

“Whatever grievances we have, it is time we set it aside and take part in searching out those responsible for all the killings and bring them to book,’’ he said.

Ezeocha also warned that a crisis in Nigeria would not only devastate the country but would overwhelm the entire African continent.

He appealed to those sponsoring terrorism to look beyond their interests and think of Nigeria and humanity.

The IYC leader, however, said that time had come for government to allow a Sovereign National Conference to discuss the country’s problems. (NAN)


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