Boko Haram: Muslims Should Defend Themselves — Council of Imams, Ulamas

By Luka Binniyat

KADUNA  — The Council of Imams and Ulamas has call on the Federal Government and its security agencies to bring to an end the wanton destruction of lives and property going on in the country particularly in Kano, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states and called,on Muslims to defend themselves.

The council also frowned at the non-investigation of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oristejafor, over the controversial $9.3 seized armed deal.

In a statement signed by Sheik Usman Baba Tuni and Ustaz Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, Chairman and Secretary respectively and made available to the media over the weekend in Kaduna, the Council call on all Muslims where ever they are to protect themselves within the ambit of the constitution in the event the Federal Government failed in its responsibility of protecting them.

“The Council has repeatedly called on the Federal Government and it security agencies to bring to an end the killings of innocent children, women, and the aged in the country particularly in Kano and the North-eastern part of Nigeria where almost everyday people are killed with impunity.

“The killings of thousands of Nigerians and the destructions of property worth billions of Naira in Kano, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, the capture of some Nigerian territory by the insurgency and the inability of the federal government to recaptured the lost areas captured by Boko Haram and the nonchalant attitude towards the release of the Chibok girls has created a strong feeling among Nigerians in the sincerity of this government to bring to an end the scourge of this insurgency looking at the trillions of Naira budgeted for Defence in the last three years.

“We therefore call on this administration to with matter of urgency stop these killings henceforth as no any responsible government will watch while his citizens are killed on daily basis like insects,” it stated.

The council further noted the refusal of the Federal Government to investigate the aircraft belonging to Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejeafor with $9.3 million seized in a South African airport for illegal purchase of arms.

“The refusal by the Federal Government to set up even a Kangaroo panel to investigate the matter and the refusal to make the culprits public talkless of punishing them has shown the level of impunity under which this government operates.

“Even when there were mixed reactions from the Christian leaders and some Nigerians, the Federal Government prefer to reward the principal suspect the CAN president with a visit to Jerusalem in the company of Mr. President,” the statement noted.

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