Boko Haram killings has nothing do with religion – Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the killing of innocent children and women in markets, mosques, and schools has nothing to do with religion.

The president was speaking when some members of the Muslim community visited him in commemoration of the Eid-Kabir Sallah.

The delegation was led by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, alongside the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akindele.

Mr. Jonathan said Nigerians should see their neighbours as themselves.

“What is happening globally now has no religious basis. Only yesterday, a British aid worker was slaughtered by ISIS and that is not Islamic,” he said.

He called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the forgiveness of those who were doing things that were not religious.

“I believe in this country, I believe that Nigeria has a lot to offer not only to Nigerians but to the world and that surely we will get to where we want to go.

“Whatever obstacles we see are very ephemeral and part of history of nation building, if you read the history of all nations, there is no nation that does not pass through some challenges but they got over it and moved ahead. I think we are getting over our problems,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan the 2014 Eidel Fitri celebration is quite significant.

“As the day of Arafat coincided on a Friday and from what I was told it takes a long time to have that coincidence and remembering the fact that 2014 is our centenary year, that shows that something good is happening to this country,” he said.

The day of Arafat is the day before the Sallah, when an important observance which falls during the Islamic month of Hajj, the Islamic pilgrim to Makkah is performed.

He said it was evident that in the midst of all the challenges facing Nigeria, it was experiencing something good and overcoming its problems.

“We may have our challenges as other nations but when things begin to happen in a particular way, I begin to see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The Vice President in his remarks prayed for peace in the country. He also prayed that Allah will give the President the strength and good health to continue to surmount the challenges facing the country.

Others who were part of the delegation were the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, Former PDP Chairman, Bello Haliru, the Primate of Anglican Communion, Nicholas Okoh, former speaker of the House of Representatives Ghali Umar Na’Abba, the Deputy Chief Imam of the FCT, Sheik Ahmed Onilewuran, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Abuja Chapter, Isreal Akanji.


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  • Shanu Ajeromi

    Editor Premium Times:

    Please can someone bright tell Mr. Goodluck Jonathan the truth? He should stop trying – he does not have the intellect to analyse public affairs. I pity him each time he aspires to intellection for he ends up in self-disgrace as a butt of all jokes. Just the other time he’d slightly crazily sought to separate ‘corruption’ from ‘stealing’, contrary to the United Nations Convention; and not long afterwards, he’s just said in counterintuitive nonsense that Islam has nothing to do with the Boko Haram civil war. But in case he’s hard of hearing this is what Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekahu, said for himself and the Boko Haram militias on December 28, 2013:

    “We are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against the Christians in Nigeria.
    We are fighting against Christian President – Goodluck Jonathan – and his Christian brethren.
    We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are fighting an ethnic war are telling lies
    to the public. They try to brainwash the people. No, we are fighting a religious war. We are fighting
    against Christians. We are fighting the Christian President Jonathan and his Christian brethren”.

    • Factual

      So from what BH have been doing, does it show you that they are fighting a religious war? They kill followers of all faith. Be sincere to yourself.

      • Sunday Jimoh

        BH are fighting Christians and Moslems who do not accept fundamentalist Islam. By the way, those who say BH killings have nothing to do with Islam are only trying to be be politically correct. If you read the Qu’ran chapters 4, 8 and 9, and the OIC Abuja Declaration, you would, if you are honest, come to the conclusion that BH is closer to the purest form of Islam. Muslims who don’t believe in killing “disbelievers” (as the Qu’ran calls non-Muslims) are actually the corrupted Muslims.

        • Otile

          Right on bro, Imam Shekau and his boys are true Muslims.

        • Onike24

          You are wrong and bigoted too! What do you mean by the purest form of Islam? The mistake bigots like your and lunatics like BH make is to read the Quran out of context. The verses referring to war, it’s regulations and Prohibitions, are clear. The Prophet never ever fought offensive war, it was always defensive and he was very reluctant to fight! Another mistake you make is too assume that each chapter of the Quran deals with only one topic, another fallacy. Lastly, do not assume that Islam is a monolithic Religion, a Shiite, will disagree with a Sunni and a Sunni with an Ismaili and an Ismaili with a Sufi. Before you attempt to make comments about any faith, first seek to be educated. I read the Bible and the Torah, and sometimes my interpretation of a passage is wrong because I read it without a deep understanding that say a Jewish Rabbi would have.

          • Sunday Jimoh

            The Yoruba name for Muslims is “Imole”. That word comes from two words: “Imo” (which means “religion”) and “lile” (which means “hard” or “force”) Deny it if you will – Islam is a religion of force. Down history, it has been propagated by force. You can try to westernise or modernise it, you are only corrupting it. If I were an alien and I landed on earth, I would see that Islam is at the root of nearly every war-thorn area in the world. I would thus not touch such a religion. My father was born a Muslim (hence the name Jimoh) but he dumped that religion because he did not want to be associated with violence.

          • Onike24

            Your interpretation of what the Yoruba name for Muslims means is wrong, it means difficult religion, I am also Yoruba and the interpretation was given to me by my maternal Grandmother who was a Christian so there was no need for her to lie( and believe me that generation would rather die than lie) it is difficult she said because you have to pray five times a day, you have to fast for a whole month from dusk to dawn, you have to give out of your wealth to the poor( compulsorily). Worshipping was solemn, you had to learn prayers in Larubawa( Arabic) and so forth. Your father decided to change is faith as is his right, and for one person who changes there are ten who keep their faith are they mad? I am not trying to modernise Islam, it is a message for all time. Your failure to understand why Islam is today where it is shows a lack of understanding about world affairs. Converts are not usually with respect the most balanced people in respect to the faith they rejected because they have to Justify why they left the old faith. Christian converts to Islam are also not exactly balanced in their rejection of Christianity, I once met an Alfa who was born Christian and I had to remind him forcefully that Christians at least to Islam are not infidels! They are people of the book! I respect your right to your Opinion but that right does not give your the right to perpetuate lies and stereotypes.

          • Sunday Jimoh

            I have kept this conversation civil, and I hope you will try and do same. I am engaging you only because I see you are somewhat intellectual and willing to rationalise.

            I thought you would comment on my statement that Islam seems to be the driving force for much of the world’s violence today. From Nigeria, to the Middle East, to Sri Lanka, to India, to Russia/Chechnya. Let’s focus on our country Nigeria. When Christian missionaries came, they built hospitals and schools to give us good education. (The oldest secondary school in Nigeria is Baptist Academy in Lagos.) For many years, the best hospitals in Northern Nigeria were those built by the Sudan Interior Mission. Those missionaries used education and healthcare as a platform to preach the Christian Gospel. Compare that with Uthman Dan Fodio who embarked on propagating Islam by the sword. He swore to “dip the Qu’ran in the Atlantic” – not by preaching or persuasion, but by shear violence. Read the history and tell me if I am lying. That spirit of Uthman Dan Fodio still drives the religion, not only in Nigeria, but globally.

            My Muslim friends keep saying “Islam is Peace”. I tell them, and I tell you too, that the statement is incomplete. The complete statement is: “Islam is peace – when everyone is a Muslim or Islamists are in control.”

            I sympathise with Yoruba Muslims because many of you are embarrassed by the reality that Islam and violence have virtually become synonymous. The typical Yoruba is peace-loving. I, a Christian, had Muslim cousins in my family when I was growing up and it was never an issue. But Islam teaches that such is unacceptable. It teaches that a parent must kill his child who rejects Islam. Islam teaches that when you die in the process of attacking “dis-believers”, you would be rewarded with 70 virgins in heaven. (Viagra must be the best-selling medication in the Islamic heaven! Those suicide bombers would need a lot of it to keep those virgins happy!)

            Get real, my friend. face the fact: You practice a “reformed” Islam, not the pure Islam. The Boko Harams and the ISIS of this world know what pure Islam is!

          • Onike24

            Civility is not hard for me, and I require no effort be civil. But I wonder if your disrespecting my faith is civil, in your opinion? Regarding your assertion that Islam is the problem of the world today, again I repeat my earlier assertion, that you so not understand world affairs, a lot of injustices have being perpetuated against SOME Arab countries after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, and many Muslims and non Muslims understand the outrage but we cannot understand the way in which these so called Jihadists seek to redress the unfairness. Regarding your knowledge of Islam, it is a best farcical and worst bigoted, no where in the Quran are you told to force your faith on anyone including your own children. Are you saying that Muslims the south west contributed nothing to western education? I wonder who Uthman dan Fodio told that he wanted to dip the Quran in the Atlantic and what prevented him? There are over a billion Muslims in the world, how many support the violence we find today? Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates are predominatly Muslim countries, advancing and progressing. Lastly, no where in the Quran is there a promise of virgins for anyone, again, untruths perpetuated by those who seek to discredit a faith. I find it amusing that you say you grew up with Muslims, but somehow you fail to see anything positive about Islam? I grew up with Christians in my family, grew up attending services with my grandmother, infact my first knowledge of the supreme being was from my maternal grandmother a committed Christian, and never will I condemn christanity

          • Onike24

            Not because Christians are perfect, but because I know that the flaws I see in some Christians are there own personal failings; not christanity, the same for Jews even the Zionist ones. Finally I have no intention of changing your opinion but I write in fulfillment of my desire to educate the people that are open minded; who seek to know the truth about Islam. Which by the way means submission with peace to the will of the Almighty and Complete and utter obedience to his word.

          • Sunday Jimoh

            My friend, you have just exhibited one of the traits in Islam: Intolerance. There is no religion or faith in the world that does not have its critics. Think of the number of very derogatory remarks people make about Christianity. Christians do not feel insulted by such remarks because God does not need human beings to take up arms for Him. But because I made critical comments about Islam, you think I am not civil. Read this whole thread again. I have not attacked your person. Being civil does not mean I cannot be critical of your religion. Islam is the only religion I know whose faithfuls send killers after its critics. Does that not tell you something?

            As regards the virgins, read Sura 3 and tell me what the many virgins and “wide-eyed houri” mean. A Hadith says the lowest of the inhabitants of paradise will be he who has eighty thousand (80,000) servants, seventy-two wives..”. Then read Sura 4 and explain the concept of “Mut’ah”, which I understand to be approved prostitution for travelers.

            Well, it has been nice dialoging with you on this subject. Faith can be emotional because it often downplays reason. Indeed, it often portrays great intellectuals as lilliputans.

          • Onike24

            I think you have a script that you have played out and it doesn’t matter how polite I am, you will accuse me of intolerance! Am I supposed to thank you for disrespecting my faith? Nevertheless I fail to see my ” intolerance”.. I am not insulted by your post and if you read all my posts, I have always maintained that it is not my place to defend God. With respect I have neither the time nor the energy to engage in diatribes, first you imply that I will not be civil, I was as civil as I could ever be, then you accuse me without evidence of intolerance! Lastly regarding the issue of Virgins in Paradise, again I tell you that it is not true! First the language is allegorical so a literal interpretation is misleading and I will attempt to translate it ( all mistakes are mine) ” serving all believers will be immortal youths with jewelled and crystal cups ” houris are male and female and it means innocent intelligent companions” there are no 72 virgins promised to anyone! It is a myth.

          • Garba lawan

            Hahaha! My brother I pity you because from the way u write I believe you have been deceived and lied to. Those MISSIONERIES were in Africa primarily to support the European colonials to extort the wealth of Africa. That’s why bishop Desmond tutu of South Africa said and I quote- when the European missionaries came to Africa they had the bible we had the land, they said close your eyes and let’s pray, and when we open our eyes they have the land we have the bible.
            And that’s why uptill now the richest people in SA are European MISSIONERIES, and all those hospitals u mentioned are nothing but deceit compared to bad things they did to Africa just as exposed by the bishop of South Africa. It’s true u can google it!

          • Sunday Jimoh

            And what legacies did the Islamists leave Nigeria? Illiteracy and backwardness in Northern Nigeria. I lived in the north for several years in the seventies and the feudal system there – where a handful of people who had cornered the wealth would have hundreds of young, unemployed boys around them. The wealthy men would dole out a few Naira to each hanger-on every day. The hangers-on would hail “ranka dede” and would be ready to slaughter anyone at the command of the rich man. The hangers-on remained poor and perpetually dependent. That is the legacy of Islam which has exploded into Boko Haram.

            Christian missionaries may have benefited from their work in Nigeria, but what is wrong with that? Muslims in the South West benefited from those mission schools. Ask many prominent Yoruba Muslims over 60 years of age and they would tell you they went to Christian mission schools. Have you read M.K.O. Abiola’s life history? What is the benefit of Islam to Nigeria?

          • Garba lawan

            Ignorance is your problem! We are happy and content in the north, because we don’t kill our parents just like what I read yesterday that somebody stabbed his mum to death in Enugu, and somebody strangled his father to death in IMO state, and worst is that guy in Anambra state who raped his mum for rituals! I believe that is the literacy and moderation which MISSIONERIES has left and instilled in your hearts in the east. We will never envy you guys for that kind of literacy which includes but not limited to cultism, arm robbery,fraud and rituals.

  • larry

    GEJ is just playing to the gallery. Dont Worry mr president ,we all know that terrorism has nothing to do with islam ,but islam and its teachings has a lot to do with terrorism..

    • Musa

      Contemporary teaching shows that Christians are more terrorist like in nature than any other religion
      Ask oristejafo he will tell you
      GOD have expose who is a terrorist now

    • Otile

      That’s right, bro

  • Tunsj

    President Jonathan is right to say that these killings has nothing to do with religion because these idiots kill muslims and christians. We all must support the President to fight these terrorists.

    • Otile

      Do you want them to kill only Christians, how about irreligious Moslems?

      • Tunsj

        What are you talking about? Did you read what the President said?

        • Otile

          The President is not a Muslim, he does not know what the Holy Quran says.

          • Tunsj

            How do you know that he does not know what the Holy Quran says?Holy Quran expert, can you tell me what the Holy Quran says about terrorism?

          • Otile

            By the President’s utterances you can tell that he does know the Holy Quran. It is stipulated in the Holy Book that Christians, Jews and irreligious Muslims must be slain, and that is what Boko Haram is doing, I guess that is how terrorism comes into play here. If you still want me to quote the sura I can. You know what I am talking about.

          • Onike24

            Can you please tell me where?

          • Otile

            Are you a convert to Islam, and when? If you don’t know the particular sura where this is written you must not be a good Muslim, and even if I quote the sura for you, you will not know how to find it. Have you seen the Holy Quran before?

          • Onike24

            No I am not a convert, not that it’s relevant. I am actually quite versed in the Quran, in the last 30 years not day goes by that I have not read it for at least five minutes; I can also read and speak Arabic, so you see there is nothing contained in the Quran that I have not made my life’s duty to learn; I can only assume that your reply was to buy time so you can do some” research”! So please humour me and tell me the verse and chapters

          • Otile

            In other words you don’t know the sura in Holy Quran where true Muslims are commanded to slay people of the book, Christians and Jews plus irreligious Muslims. If you were reading the Holy Quran for those 30 donkey years you must be doing so absent-mindedly. Try to pay attention to what you are reading, what I am saying is there but you are not getting it.

          • Onike24

            Since you know it, please share your knowledge.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Whatever there reasons are, Mr. President.

    Just put a stop to it.

    The dead do not care for why they have been killed. They would rather have stayed alive regardless of the reasons.

    Pleasedo the work for which you were elected. It is not just about the glamour of office.

  • clairvoyance

    Pitakwa inglish, so if Abati nor right ur speech u nor go fit express urself without embarrassing the country. Are u programmed Mr. President y u dey repeat words like redeem and company nawah.

  • Athos

    Political Statement…

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  • Ayodeji Soyebo

    Editor Premium Times:

    I have read quite a lot of arguments by a number of Muslim clerics in Nigeria.
    Those arguments attempt to prove that Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam.
    I beg to disagree, please. Boko Haram is too tied up with Islam to be separated
    by mere arguments alone.

    Boko Haram has never said otherwise. Boko Haram says it is killing on a daily basis
    in accordance with The Holy Koran. No dissenting Muslim has pointed out any
    verse in The Holy Koran forbidding Muslims from killing Jews and Christians at
    will. Boko Haram is a fundamentalist Muslim militia. Its existence has
    everything to do with Islam.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Thank you so very much….moslems are not terrorists and terrorists are not moslems. Go tell that to the Marines, Mr, President.

  • John

    Correct. The Boko Haram killers are Oritsejiofor and Ihejirika, and neither of them is a true Christian. One is a cocaine addict, the other a womanizer or Mr anything I skirt. The third id Sheriff who is also not a true Muslim and he is the number one thief in Nigeria. These three are the major Boko Haram sponsors….