CAN issues final Boko Haram warning to Jonathan

 

Nigeria may be heading for anarchy as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Wednesday gave a “final call” to the Federal Government to stop the attacks by the extremist Jamatu Ahlis sunnah lil daawati wal jihad popularly referred to as Boko Haram or risk reprisals by “restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerians.”

The group which is the umbrella body of churches in Nigeria gave the warning at a press conference after a meeting of its leadership n Abuja.  The group’s position was read by the President of the body, Ayo Oritsejafor.

Mr. Oritsejafor stated that the Boko Haram “killings and bombings were being done to instill fears with the subsequent aim of eradicating religious freedom, democratic liberties with the church and Christianity as its primary target.”

The CAN President stated that his “first call to all peace-loving Nigerians is to remain calm in the face of all the insecurity challenges as I am aware that the greater part of the overall design is to instill fear in the populace.”

“I will now make final call to Nigerian Government to use all resources available to it to clearly define and neutralise the problem as other nations have done,” he said.

Mr. Oritsejafor warned that the Church could no longer restrain its members if the bombings continue.

“The Church leadership has hitherto put immense restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerian but can no longer guarantee such cooperation if this trend of terror is not halted immediately,” he said.

The Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for several bombings and killings across Northern Nigeria leading to the death of hundreds of people. Several Churches have been attacked by the group as well as government buildings, police stations, markets and mosques.

See full text of Mr. Oritsejafor’s sppech below.
Ayo Oritsejafor. President of CAN
You will recall that our last press conference of Tuesday,March 6,2012,we told the nation that the bombings and killings of innocent Nigerians may be termed senseless but that it is not without a sense for those sponsoring the act. We also said the killings and bombings were being done according to their plans in order to instil fears with the subsequent aim of eradicating religious freedom, democratic liberties with the church and Christianity as its primary target.

The Nigerian Nation and the international community has been witness to the step by step escalation of violence against innocent citizens with the Christian and the Church suffering the greatest loss. We have persistently pleaded with Government to take courage and act to stop the surge of terror. At this point in the unfolding insecurity challenges, it has become irrelevant whether the root cause is political, religious, ethnic or ideological. The fundamental issues are that the intimidation, killings, bombings and wanton destruction of lives and properties must stop immediately.

As President of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) my first call to all peace loving Nigerians is remain calm in the face of all the insecurity challenges as I am aware that the greater part of the overall design is to instill fear in the populace. I will now make final call to Nigerian Government to use all resources available to it to clearly define and neutralise the problem as other nations have done. The Church leadership has hitherto put immense restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerian but can no longer guarantee such cooperation if this trend of terror is not halted immediately.

 


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  • KenMani

    Those that are attributing the Boko Haram phenomenon to politics and economics are indeed ignorant and do not know what they are talking about. It is instructive to note that there is nothing political about Boko Haram. Boko Haram is purely a violent attempt to Islamize Nigeria fueled by frustrations that Nigeria’s illegal membership of the OIC has not produced the desired result after many years. Adding to this frustration is the fact that the SHARIA crusade of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States failed to record anticipated success. The only political dimension to Boko Haram is the thinking that if Nigeria is completely Islamized, power will always reside with the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. And so, the chances of an “infidel” like Jonathan coming to power when Nigeria is brought under Islamic rule will never exist. Boko Haram is not a recent phenomenon in Northern Nigeria; it has always been there, vigorously pursuing the Islamization of Nigeria. The only new development is that they have upped the level of violence deployed to achieve their objectives. Their motivation for upping the level of violence is not related to domestic economic and political matters; rather their motivation is influenced by the recent and on-going escalation of world-wide Islamic terrorism. To buttress these facts, I would like to recount some of my related personal experiences. In 1980 I gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I arrived Zaria on a Saturday morning and met my friend who was already in his second year. My friend and I came to Zaria to continue with our education after time at the then College of Science and Technology Port Harcourt. My friend received me warmly and arranged for me to take a bath which I did. We immediately proceeded to the Dining and had our breakfast. After Breakfast, I suggested to my friend that we should go to the student Buttery and have a drink before I would retire to rest from my long rail trip from Port Harcourt to Zaria. To my greatest surprise my friend told me that we cannot do that here. That, that kind of provision we enjoyed at College of Science and Technology Port Harcourt was not available in Kongo Campus because of the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies located in Kongo Campus. He suggested that we should go to Samaru or Sabon Gari for a drink if we must. I could not believe what he was saying to me. I asked him if Ahmadu Bello University was not a Federal Government institution meant to accommodate all Nigerians irrespective of their belief and lifestyle. How come then we are all forced to live by the rules made by the so called Center for Islamic Legal Studies which was nothing more than a Department in the faculty of law. If they want total control of their environment why can’t they go and build a wholly owned Islamic Center outside the University. From this experience, it dawned on me early that Islam is violently intolerant, does not respect the legitimate right of others, and has no sense of accommodation and justice. It was very clear to me that Ahmadu Bello University had been completely Islamized despite the fact that it was still running as a Federal Government University. I later discovered that everything in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States of the North was Islamized or was on its way to being Islamized contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution. Any attempt to resist, or ask for our constitutionally guaranteed rights or step outside the lines drawn by the Islamists was always met with violence and death. We found ourselves helpless particularly as the Federal Government Agencies turned a blind eye to whatever the Islamists did to us. It is this unconstitutional Islamization of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States which have been going on for long in complete violation of the Nigerian constitution and regrettably left unattended to by the Federal Government and the other constituent States of Nigeria that have matured into a final push phase now known as Boko Haram. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are the proud and arrogant owners of Boko Haram. Military onslaught against Boko Haram must be seen as a temporary measure to buy time, slow down things and minimize the destructions and deaths occasioned by Boko Haram attacks. The real solution to Boko Haram lies in a complete political renegotiation of the Nigeria Project. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani will not accept anything less than completely Islamized Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. The renegotiation of the Nigeria Project will be focused among others on how Islamized Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States will relate to the rest of Nigeria within mutually agreed constitutional framework. We must begin this long but now obviously necessary journey to settlement now. The National Assembly with the support of the Presidency must convene a special session just as they did on fuel subsidy to signal the start of talks. It is my thinking that once genuine and not divisive talks centered specifically on Boko Haram are started at the National Assembly, we will witness a huge decline in Boko Haram attacks. PS. WARNING : Boko Haram will persist even unto unimaginable disastrous consequences unless our National Assembly kick start genuine talks without further delay. Time has almost run out and the Northern leaders that have been managing Boko Haram pressure for a very long time are now becoming irrelevant to the movement. Even though persons might disagree with the strategies that the Northern leaders had deployed all along to contain the Boko Haram pressure, the truth is that they have been doing all they can. What do I mean by Boko Haram pressure? Boko Haram pressure is the tension that exists between the Nigerian Constitution and Islam. It was pressure from Boko Haram that led Babangida to illegally enlist Nigeria into OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries). The OIC charter specifically insists that the President of member countries and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Regrettably, this has not always been the case in Nigeria due mainly to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution. It was also Boko Haram pressure as I would like to call it that forced Northern Governors to embark on the SHARIA crusade but not much success achieved to the disappointment of their people. The minimal success achieved by the SHARIA crusade can be traced to the operation of the provisions of the Nigerian constitution. These failures, disappointments and related events worldwide forced the thinking that violence and terrorism might succeed where other efforts have failed. With Boko Haram, a new leadership is emerging from the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. If this new leadership is left unchecked, they will eventually force the violent overthrow of the present leadership of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States with attendant great discomfort to the entire country. I repeat, the only way out of this violent scenario and to ensure that the new emerging leadership does not cause Nigeria much discomfort is for the National Assembly to open special sessions for genuine talks that will lead to mutually agreed renegotiated constitutional framework acceptable to all the contending forces and interest groups. It is my considered opinion based on the issues and likely outcomes of the talks that the National Assembly Special Sessions and not the Presidency remain the best platform for genuine dialogue.

    • Baba Yunus

      There is no OIC charter which insists that presidents of member countries must be Muslims. You have OIC member countries like Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso and Uganda, whose presidents are Christians and whose populations are predominantly Christian. The fact is that OIC is not a religious organisation as you want us to believe. It is rather an economic, political and socio-cultural organisation of countries pursuing their economic development and growth through common and internationally acceptable paradigms.

      • KenMani

        @Baba Yunus, please find time to read the OIC Charter that the current one replaced.

        • Jameel Ringim

          KenMani you are not objective in you thought and that is traslated in your writing all the time, if you have any evidence about the current OIC Charter,Im challenging you to expose it to all readers, if you are not lying!!!. As usual Im still advising you to be honest and sincere in all your write up. May God forgive you and guide you to the right path

          • KenMani

            @Karkasara: I would like to supply you with the link supporting my claim that the OIC charter specifically insists that the President of member countries and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…. In fact read all you find on the net about the Abuja Islam In Africa Conference hosted by IBB and Abacha. Infact IBB signed the final communique and resolutions of this conference specifically with the official seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You may also, if you care read author Stuart Robinson’s comprehensive coverage of The Abuja Declaration. It is instructive for you to know that the Abuja Conference was held under the auspices of the OIC. It is also instructive for you to know that The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) is a Nigerian statuted Islamic organisation, an initiative of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC cannot initiate anything that is not consistent with its charter. Please be guided accordingly.

        • Thetruth

          @KenMani stop your half-truth propaganda. Find included the link to the OIC charter:

          http://www.oic-oci.org/english/charter/OIC%20Charter-new-en.pdf

          Nowhere does it, as you claim, “specifically insist” heads of states/presidents and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims.

          However, the OIC insists “any State, member of the United Nations, having Muslim majority and abiding by the Charter, which submits an application for membership may join the Organisation if approved by consensus only by the Council of Foreign Ministers on the basis of the agreed criteria adopted by the Council of Foreign Ministers.”

          On a realistic note, it is inconceivable that a Christian president (or any other faith) will be accepted to partake in its sessions, especially as a key objective of the OIC is the freeing of claimed palestine territory from Israel.

          So once again @KenMani STOP YOUR NEFARIOUS PROPAGANDA!!! It is not the best.

          • Thetruth

            And O! I am a Christian. But not a biased one!!!

          • KenMani

            @Karkasara: I would like to supply you with the link supporting my claim that the OIC charter specifically insists that the President of member countries and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…. In fact read all you find on the net about the Abuja Islam In Africa Conference hosted by IBB and Abacha. Infact IBB signed the final communique and resolutions of this conference specifically with the official seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You may also, if you care read author Stuart Robinson’s comprehensive coverage of The Abuja Declaration. It is instructive for you to know that the Abuja Conference was held under the auspices of the OIC. It is also instructive for you to know that The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) is a Nigerian statuted Islamic organisation, an initiative of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC cannot initiate anything that is not consistent with its charter. Please be guided accordingly.

      • KenMani

        @Karkasara: I would like to supply you with the link supporting my claim that the OIC charter specifically insists that the President of member countries and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…. In fact read all you find on the net about the Abuja Islam In Africa Conference hosted by IBB and Abacha. Infact IBB signed the final communique and resolutions of this conference specifically with the official seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You may also, if you care read author Stuart Robinson’s comprehensive coverage of The Abuja Declaration. It is instructive for you to know that the Abuja Conference was held under the auspices of the OIC. It is also instructive for you to know that The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) is a Nigerian statuted Islamic organisation, an initiative of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC cannot initiate anything that is not consistent with its charter. Please be guided accordingly.

    • Karkasara1

      KenMani, Iam happy that you have the feeling of been in the Northern part of the country called Nigeria. I will allow you to cast you mind way back in the 80s. If you are honest with yourself as an enlightened person you know that when a person visit a new place, he needs to know and appreciate the environment including the culture and beliefs of the people. Zaria has long been a centre of learning and Muslims who happened to be predominant in this area influences the belief & cultural settings. And the Muslim Religion (Islam) prohibits buying, selling or drinking of alcohol in whatever form INCLUDING Christianity. So what is wrong if Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria disallowed selling of Alcohol in their environment. It is a matter culture and belief. Islam is a complete way of life. But under certain circumstances Muslims, Christians and Jews can have common understanding to live together without infringing on the right of each other. The issue of Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Islamizing the whole of Nigeria is a wild thinking if you look at many factors that exist in this country today which is a different topic for another day.

      As for the issue of OIC, I request you to go back and check the Charter once again and also look at the composition and countries that benefit from OIC support.

      On the issue of Boko Haram which is a national issue, the Federal Government knows how best to handle it as they have once started negotiation and stopped. Boko Haram need to be listened to as citizens of this country. If Federal Government can spare Billions of Naira to train Niger Delta Militants outside the country why can’t they contact Boko Haram to understand their problems for possible solution.

      I urge the Federal Government to look back and review its approach to the issue of Boko Haram as many of our elders have suggested.

      • Agent

        The menace of Boko Haram can not be placed on the same scale with the agitations of the Niger Delta Militants whose environment had been seriously degraded at the gain of the nation. Even in the modus operandi, they never threw explosives at helpless and defenceless Nigeria inorder to be heard. Infact they even give advance warnings about their strike. Never before had the country witnessed such wanton destruction of innocent lives under any guise. Boko Haram’s mission is known and not secret. There is no basis for negotiation. If the Government fails to curtail their excesses, it is because of the support they get by those who should expose them. Evil has never and will not triumph over good. No group has monopoly of violence and they are certainly not more versed in the chemistry of explosives. If what they desire is to bring good spirited Nigerians to the point where caution is thrown to the winds, then they can certainly be sure of one thing: they can not and will not come out tops. Enough should be enough!!!

        Special Agent.

        • Gbaribi

          Mr. Mani
          Your piece was interesting to read but I found your story of your first day at ABU to be factually untrue. I was a student at SBS at ABU in the summer of 1981; and as far as I know my buddies and I could buy and drink beer at the Student Center on the main campus. I don’t see how you could not do the same alcohol in 1980 when my buddies and I could in 1981. The embellishment of the fact kind of sow a seed of doubt in my mind about your write up.

          Peace.

      • KenMani

        Ahmadu Bello University is completely fenced and located within the land and territory allocated to it. Ahmadu Bello University is a Federal Government institution and not a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani funded Islamic School. On the OIC please stop being foolish. Just go and read the Islamic Summit reports especially the one signed by IBB under the seal of the FGN.

      • KenMani

        @Karkasara: I would like to supply you with the link supporting my claim that the OIC charter specifically insists that the President of member countries and key top government positions in member countries must be occupied by Muslims. Please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuja_Declaration. In fact read all you find on the net about the Abuja Islam In Africa Conference hosted by IBB and Abacha. Infact IBB signed the final communique and resolutions of this conference specifically with the official seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You may also, if you care read author Stuart Robinson’s comprehensive coverage of The Abuja Declaration. It is instructive for you to know that the Abuja Conference was held under the auspices of the OIC. It is also instructive for you to know that The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) is a Nigerian statuted Islamic organisation, an initiative of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC cannot initiate anything that is not consistent with its charter. Please be guided accordingly.

  • Thosesecrets

    I think the best way is for Christians to fight back. Let us arm ourselves and let’s turn the country into a battle field. let us tell the stupid group called Boko -Hell that we also can bomb. Let’s face every mosque and burn it down. Any Muslim we meet must be killed. We should remove the idea of racism. If you are a Muslim, either Yoruba, Igbo, or Hausa, you must be killed. If we can do this, you will see how quietly this uprising would go down.

    They kill us because they felt all we know is Bible and we cannot fight. Let’s fight back our peace.