By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—PRESIDENT of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has denied claims in some quarters that poverty was responsible for the emergence of Boko Haram, noting that on the contrary, it was the aggrieved persons who lost in their electoral bid that created the monster.
CAN President, yesterday, at the opening of a six-day meeting of the Niger Delta Christian Leaders Forum in Calabar, Cross River State, said sponsors of the Islamist sect want to divide Nigeria along religious line.
He maintained that Boko Haram was a fundamentalist Islamic religious group created and sponsored by selfish politicians, who want to create political space for themselves and in the vent of failure to achieve that, resort to dividing Nigeria along religious line.
He said: “Boko Haram is fueled by extreme religious ideology and not poverty because they have not come out to tell us that they are killing people because they are poor or hungry.”
Oritsejafor said the claim that Boko Haram was a creation of poverty was a blatant lie by those sponsoring the organisation or its apologists just to mislead Nigerians and the world.
“The leader of Boko Harm is from a very wealthy family background and even that young man who wanted to blow up an American airline, his father was a retired Permanent Secretary and one of the richest men in Nigeria. The claim that the fundamentalist group was created by poverty is a false claim by its sponsors and apologists,” he said.