Archbishop’s comments on Boko Haram “personal view” — Nigerian Military

Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian military has dissociated itself from comments by a senior cleric blaming the Fulani and Kanuri ethnic nationalities for Boko Haram, citing military sources.

The military described the statement made by Methodist Archbishop, Samuel Uche, as a personal opinion.

At the Armed Forces Remembrance church service in Abuja on Sunday, Mr. Uche said soldiers fighting against Boko Haram informed him that Fulani and Kanuri, in their bid to seize power and portray President Goodluck Jonathan in a bad light, were behind the brutal insurgency.

He made the remark at an event attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Senate President, David Mark, military top brass and other important personalities.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said those who spoke to the Archbishop could be individuals who shared their opinions with him, adding that several individuals masquerade and call themselves soldiers.

“The man said individuals spoke to him; that does not represent the official position of the military,” Mr. Olukolade, a Major General said.

Mr. Uche, during his sermon said “Let me reveal to you this evening and at this important service at this juncture that some of our soldiers, because you know we Bishops have impact in the society, we relate with soldiers and all manner of people. And some of the people in warfront have confided in us that apart from some mercenaries from Chad, Libya as well as Somalia, 95 percent of those fighting our country are of Fulani and Kanuri origin.”


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  • amazing2012

    If the statement is offensive then he should be prosecuted. Consider where and why he made the statement and at the presence of who ? At the moment he made the statement no one question him and the guest of honor never said a word of causion, surely he is speaking the mind of the president. Then why should army reply ? Not the church ? Is the “army” the spoke person of Methodist church ? Remember when father Nmbaka made his statement, the church came out to disassociate itself not the army, now we want to know the link between army, the statement and the Methodist church !

    • motsa jiki

      No caution as usual Just like the case Dokubo Asari .You can anything as it pleases PDP

    • good man

      agreed upon my fellow…

  • Wähala

    Then where’s ugly frog, Marilyn Ogar, and her dirty DSS to enforce her “last warning” on Rev. Uche?

    • Yusuf

      we are in the era of arbitrariness

  • Aminu

    DSS hammer applies to opposition only,the man of Church meant GEJ tenure started since 2009 when Boko boys clashed with authority in Borno State.The church should voice out condemnation of this man for deliberate falsehood and sycophancy

    • Dan Arewa

      Don’t ever expect DSS to say a word of warning of caution against this man. DSS has now become a branch of PDP and nothing more. They lack the integrity and public respect they used to have before. Nigerian army was turned into a big joke as well; all thanks to Jonathan.

  • Dan Arewa

    These are the type of people that surrounds mr jonah. From Dokubo Asari to Ayo Oritsejafor- from Ali Modu Sherif to Azubuike Ihejirika etc., etc.

  • “…Mr. Uche said soldiers fighting against Boko Haram informed him that Fulani and Kanuri, in their bid to seize power and portray President Goodluck Jonathan in a bad light, were behind the brutal insurgency…”

    If the Fulanis and the Kanuris want to seize from the president, will they first kill themselves and destroy their land? Does this really make any sense?
    Archbishop Samuel Uche is an overzealous supporter of Jonathan who cares very little the damage his beviour and utterances will do to his priestly office. This man does not even care the weighty religious and ethnic implications of his careless statement. He will live to regret his action. This man needs to apologise to the Methodist Church for the embarrassment he has caused the Church.

    • bib

      The power desperately wants Rev. Nbaka countered from another church!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Look at what this man called uche is saying so if people want to seize power from their opponents they will first killed themselves abi? sorry for those who called themselves men of God but are not doing the right thing.

  • victo amadi

    Thus the church man thinks like a gay.

  • Yusuf

    Bravo! with the way 2015 looks the Nigerian Army remains our last option, not by taking power but by maintaining neutrality which will ensuring all players operate by the books

  • Ette

    The army should be commended for this show of patriotism and love for unity of our nation. Wicked cleric and worshipper of mammon should be disgraced for profaning the name of God, and let him wait for God’s fierce judgment. No Nigerian should take his lie serious. Other security agencies should emulate the army by remaining neutral no matter the pressure as they are also affected, their relations are affected by the wickedness unleashed on Nigerians by this government. Ask yourself if you are better off now than 1999 when wicked PDP took over power. We should gladly embrace positive change and return power to the people by ensuring free, fair and credible election. God bless Nigeria.

  • Alfullati

    I am impressed by the objectivity of Nigerians.Good.

  • endingNaija

    BiChop Samuel Uchop Uche is a Chopping BiChop, Chopping from the 21 billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Chopping 2015 Election Campaign Chopping Bowl. You Chop I Chop!!!

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    …BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!! OPEN YOUR EYES TO SEE THE TRUTH, MY BROTHERS IN THE NORTH!!!

    “Reports
    are flying that Northern leaders who had hitherto supported Buhari may
    be making a U-turn in the February elections after reports that the
    general may be having a serious health problem.

    This is following the online rumors that Buhari collapsed during his presidential campaign rally in Calabar.

    Even though the APC denied the report, it has given cause for worry,
    and the North has become wary, after they were ‘sidelined’ after
    Yar’Adua died in May, 2010 be…fore completing his tenure, a
    development which led to the abrupt shift of power to the South-South
    under the rulership of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

    “The
    North is beginning to rethink the promised support for Buhari in view
    of reports that he is suffering from a certain ailment which is believed
    to be wearing him down. There are also reports that the elders are
    pushing to cut a deal with Jonathan to complete his tenure in 2019 but
    extract a promise that power would be returned to the North via a
    younger and energetic Northerner,” a source said.

    “If anything
    happens to Buhari, power will return to the South-West less than a
    decade after President Obasanjo left Aso Rock. The prospects are grim,
    both for the North and even the South-East that is queuing for their own
    turn,” another Northern top personality is reported as saying”
    —NIGERIAN BULLETIN

    • Jika

      Let it be anybody else.The current status need to be changed.It doesn’t have to be a Buhari or a Northerner.It could even be you if Nigerians are convinced you have something better to offer!!!

    • kammykazee

      I ‘OPENED MY EYES’ and even shine it well well, Ol’boy, but the only person I see with serious health issues here is YOU, Mr Rumour Monger, go take your medication.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        hahahahaha! truth stinks.

        • endingNaija

          And your chop with the ArchbiChop?

    • endingNaija

      Shuaibu, Did yu Chop with the ArchBiChop before you wrote this to Chop?

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Truth stinks.

        • endingNaija

          What about Chopping with the ArchbiChop Samuel Uchop Uche from the 21 billion Naira OILY Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Chop? Does that Campaign Chop not stink? Just asking ArchBiChop’s Chop Mate.

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            hahahaha. Theocracy in Nigeria. GEJ we do and GEJ we will vote.

          • endingNaija

            So in your PDP world, you are working for the theocracy of ArchbiChop Samuel Uchop Uche of CAN! But the theocracy of ArchbiChop Uchop Uche is also a PDP GoodChop Jonathan thievocracy. What do you think small boy masquerading Shuaibu?

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Day dreamer you are

  • Tribal Defenders

    This is a pastor of self centred and in GOdlyy preacher. Who worships the god of money not the true God. I putty those listening to the followers of such pastors.
    His church is only for non kanuris and Fulani. While all the bad guys of other tribes are a true reflection of their people just like Igbos . he is telling us all Igbo are armed robbers and kidnappers

  • burning spear

    U do not need a sooth sayer to know that the boko haram fighters are all fulanis——No sane kanuri man will ever make the mistake of killing his own people—never–those doing the killings in the name of kanuris are the fulanis–who are very good at such rubbish–are the kanuris the ones killing beroms in Jos Plateau state? Boko haram war is a war by the fulani hegemonic tree in the north–doing all within their reach to impose themselves on every state in the north—-what do the kanuris want in plateau or benue–abi kwara ati kogi state–? -All the core northern governors who decamped from PDP to APC are fulanis—-the leading figures in APC from the north are also fulanis–from–tambuwal–kwakanso–el rufia -ibuhari–atiku–sanusi–these are all fulanis—–yet cannot stop boko-haram–with their janjaweed thoughts—animals

    • endingNaija

      Is that why the ArchbiChop is choping and lying?

  • burning spear

    truth is bitter–the man of God spoke truth to the fulani elites attempting to impose certificate less fulani buhari on us–time for the army to embark on operation show your certificate instead of dabbling into something that does not concern them

    • endingNaija

      Is that why you gave the ArchbiChop Uche Chop from the 12 billion Naira Jonathan Goodluck Campaign Chop to lie?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!! OPEN YOUR EYES TO SEE THE TRUTH, MY BROTHERS IN THE NORTH!!!

    “Reports
    are flying that Northern leaders who had hitherto supported Buhari may
    be making a U-turn in the February elections after reports that the
    general may be having a serious health problem.

    This is following the online rumors that Buhari collapsed during his presidential campaign rally in Calabar.

    Even though the APC denied the report, it has given cause for worry,
    and the North has become wary, after they were ‘sidelined’ after
    Yar’Adua died in May, 2010 be…fore completing his tenure, a
    development which led to the abrupt shift of power to the South-South
    under the rulership of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.“The
    North is beginning to rethink the promised support for Buhari in view
    of reports that he is suffering from a certain ailment which is believed
    to be wearing him down. There are also reports that the elders are

  • Progress

    Is this the nation Jonothin took over from Yar Adua. Seriki goma samani n goma