This is sequel to the earlier explication When Boko Haram Became Christians… It should be noted that this is not an attempt to undermine Christians or Christianity. It is an attempt to unmask those behind the Boko Haram enterprises that have killed thousands of Muslim.
In a country were truth has become a scarce commodity, lies upon lies are shamelessly propagated against Muslim. Mainstream media outfits in the country have carefully crafted and sold the idea of an “evil Muslims plot to Islamize Nigeria”. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are quick to blame every criminal act in the north on Muslims and the president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is on record to have called the foremost Islamic organisation, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has become a title given to every criminal and armed robber in the north. Every bank robbery, kidnapping and attack on a police post is blamed on Boko Haram. And to the likes of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, all Muslims except some very few are Boko Haram or Boko Haram sympathisers. When I watch his interviews or read his comments I always think to myself “Delta State indeed has the best comedians in the country”.
Maybe some Muslims are Boko Haram, but I’m sure, with the new meaning of Boko Haram, not all Boko Haram are Muslims. This is what was sent to me hours ago:
- “I have followed with attention the recent crisis in this country and some of these facts only made me ask more question on whether security trail is on d right track.
- A. Case of Lydia Joseph who attempted to bomb the St John’s Catholic Church in which she fellowships in Bauchi on September 12, 2011.
B. Case of Emmanuel King arrested in attempt to bomb the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital while camouflaged in Islamic attire on December 28, 2011.
C. Case of the non-Muslim Igbo traders that gunned down a dozen fellow Igbo business men of the same non-Islamic faith inside the Christ Apostolic Church, in Adamawa state on Friday, 6th day of January 2012.
D. Case of the unexplained action of the Kaduna pastor who was shot on February 20, 2012 while attempting to force his vehicle through the security barricade at the entrance of the state’s government house.
E. Case of the recent blast February 21, 2012 in the premises of Christ Embassy Church Morocco Road, Suleja, Niger state that took place in the trunk of a car mysteriously left unlocked by a fellow worshipper in the same church.
F. Case of Samson Mangai who was arrested in Plateau state attempting to bomb a church.
G. Case of Madam Ruth who attempted to bomb the ECWA church, Kalaring Kaltingo, in Gombe state.
H. Case of the arrest of about eight Christians in Bauchi in an attempt to blast the COCIN church on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
I. Case of the Christian bomber
lynched while escaping after blasting the COCIN Church of Jos on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
J. Case of Gombe in which the police command revealed the arrest of two Christian men, Hassan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu with a vehicle loaded with explosive devices and ammunitions in connection with the deadly attacks in the state last week.
ARE THESE ALL MERE COINCIDENCES? THEN THEY ARE A COINCIDENCES TOO MANY”. Saad Abubakar.
Those whom you call Boko Haram are ﺟﻤﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻫﻞ ﺍﻟﺴﻨﺔ ﻟﻠﺪﻋﻮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺠﻬﺎﺩ, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad and they are not responsible for all the bombings and killings you hear and read about. As the brother wrote these are coincidence too many.
As the blame game continues, JNI in a communiqué signed by the Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu states the following:
- “The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, instead of contributing positively towards achieving National cohesion has rather chosen the path of insinuation and therefore heating the polity….
“There are so many contradictions and confusion in the way the issue of Boko Haram is handled by security agents and the media. Majority of the media establishment in the country, especially the Christian dominated southern media, have always demonstrated bias against Islam and Muslims.
“Participants condemn in totality the on-going spate of bombings and killings of guiltless Nigerians irrespective of their regional, religious or ethnic inclinations. JNI calls on Nigerians to shun violence and embrace peaceful means of settling their legitimate grievances.
“JNI urges the Federal Government to call the president of CAN to order before he causes religious crisis in the country, through his unguided utterances which has started eroding the long built mutual respect between Muslims and Christians. CAN president must stop his people to stop mischievously disguising as Muslims in perpetrating acts of terrorism.
“The meeting calls on Federal and affected state governments as well as all security agents to, as a matter of urgency, investigate the several reported cases of Christians who disguise as Muslims to burn churches. JNI can no longer tolerate this double face attitude. Thorough investigations must also be made to unveil the sponsors of those Christian terrorists.
“JNI calls on Muslims to be vigilant and always report to the authorities any case of injustice and maltreatment meted on any Muslim either by Christian extremist or bad elements among the security agents. Copies of the complaints should be sent to the state offices of JNI attached with a comprehensive report of the incidents.
“… We want to remind all Christian zealots in Nigeria, that our love for peace must not be mistaken as a licence to make us second class citizens in a country where we constitute a majority.
“We condemn in strong terms all acts of terrorism perpetrated by any group in Nigeria. As we remain confused regarding whether the Boko Haram members are known by the government as clearly stated that they are in the government or there are faceless (as claimed by the NSA).
“We also call on the media to always be fair in their reporting of issues as that is the only way we can understand issues as there are and take appropriate measures to address them.
“Worried by the recurrent reported cases of abuse of fundamental human rights of Muslims of various conflict areas, JNI strongly call on all security agents to consciously do their job of protecting the lives, property and integrity of Nigerians as opposed to intimidating, harassing, and harming innocent Muslims.”
Truth is sacred and a defence against falsehood. The truth is that our problems in this country is never going to go away in an atmosphere of injustice, hate, slandering and mutual suspicion. We can live together in peace and mutual respect in we want. We will benefit nothing with propagandas of lies, demonization and injustice. We have to stop group blame.
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