The Minority Interest Rights Advocates in Nigeria (MIRAN) has condemned in equivocal terms the unwarranted act of terrorism exhibited by some youths without provocation against Parishioners and the Clergy of  St. Philips Catholic Church, Baki Iku in Niger state last friday as reported.

Reacting to the incidence, the Lead of the non religious and apolitical civil society coalition, Comrade Iyah Iyah described the actions of the youths as unacceptable and barbaric at the time when forward thinking world leaders and the sane are fighting terrorism.

The MIRAN lead charged law enforcement agents in Niger and other neighbouring states  to identify and apprehend the criminal elements and their sponsors, bring them to Justice, of which will serve as a deterrent to others.

He advised that those hiding under the guise of religion to propagate their criminal and political agenda to think twice as no nation survives a religious war and no one can win any.

Comrade Iyah further stressed that Nigeria is a circular state with no official religion and thus, every Nigerian has a liberty within existing laws to worship by his or her own faith anywhere and at anytime as enshrined in the country’s constitution. Comrade Iyah advised the clergy’s of all faiths in Nigeria to be vigilant and protect young worshipers against being indoctrinated by religious bigots.

He further stressed that what happened in Niger state was not as a result of hunger or poverty but a deliberate provocation aimed at further destabilising the country. Iyah recalled how the present Boko Haram menace started and the then immediate narratives by some special interests and the rest is history.

Iyah advised Nigeria youths to rather demand for good governance instead of being used by criminal elements in the name of religion or politics for selfish and personal gains, adding that the group awaits the action of government and security agencies in this regards and will continue to monitor situations.


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