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Boko Haram insurgents have given Islam a bad name – Bishop Oke

THE Presiding Bishop, Sword of the Spirit Ministries has said unfolding events on the abduction have proved to the whole world that Emirs, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and Moslem political leaders in the North are behind the Boko Haram insurgents and that the Boko Haram insurgents have given Islam a bad name.

Bishop Oke who is a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria said the church has put the whole incident that led to the abduction of Chibok school girls at the doorstep of the Sultan and other Islamic leaders in the North.

Bishop Wale Oke at the Vanguard Media annual Christian fellowship
Bishop Wale Oke

Describing the annoying purported conversion of the Christian girls as totally unacceptable to Christians in the country, he advised Nigerian leaders to stop saying the criminal activities of the Islamic fundamentalists were political while blood of innocent Christians is shed on daily basis.

“Sultan should stop playing Ostrich saying it is not a religious war.
Northern elders are known to have control over their younger ones. When they call them, they listen to them. Why is it now their youth suddenly turned deaf ears to their calls.

We are not fools?. “People are playing politics with the blood of Christians. This is Islamic Jihad. Let the Sultan of Sokoto call all Emirs and other Islamic leaders to bring out these Boko Haram boys. Let them stop deceiving Nigerians”.

“Governor Shettima said he knew where those Boko Haram insurgents are. Where was he when security agents were combing everywhere for these insurgents? We put all the issues on Boko Haram at the doorstep of the Sultan of Sokoto. Let him know that this is what the church is saying”.

“The position of Christian Association on it has been very clear that it is a religious war. Emirs should genuinely withdraw their tacit support for Boko Haram”.

According to him, “what we have been made to know over the years is that Islam is a religion of peace, but, how can somebody who is saying Islam is a peaceful religion abduct innocent girls and claim they have been converted to Islam under the nozzle of a gun?

“Certainly, the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents have been to discredit the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, but the sponsors of the group should know that the game is over because Nigerians are no fools.

“When the late President Umar Yar’Adua was in office, the Christians did not destablize his government, how come now that a Christian had not been allowed a breathing space since his assumption of duty in 2011″, Oke queried?

He expressed disappointment with some Northern leaders who he alleged that they wanted to show to the world that President Goodluck Jonathan is not capable of governing this nation.

When late Umaru Yar’Adua was there as the president, we Christians supported him and never made the country ungovernable for him. Why are they doing this to our own. They should know that nobody can islamise Nigeria. We won’t accept it”.

After their release from the blood thirsty insurgents, the cleric advised parents of the abducted girls to take them for medical check up and also to a men of God to pray for them to cast out the spell they might have put on them”.

Except Islamic leaders do something urgent, the insurgents had given Islam a bad name.


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