The Christians' wrong answer to Boko Haram, By Aliyu U. Tilde

Last Sunday, the attention of the nation was drawn to the killings of innocent Nigerian Muslims, including unsuspecting travellers on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, by Christians as a reprisal attack to Boko Haram bombings of churches in Kaduna and Zaria. A number of Mosques and shops were also burnt that Sunday in Christian-dominated neighbourhoods in the southern part of the city. In all the attacks, as at the last offical count, has killed 21 Christians, while the reprisals killed 29 Muslims and hundreds were injured. As a result, I will pause my series on Kano to say a word about the matter.

Before we continue, however, I have a confession to make. Writing on matters of religion in Nigeria and especially where lives and places of worship are involved is very difficult for commentators that would like to remain impartial. So many times, as we try it, a writer finds it difficult to walk the tight rope of objectivity, balance and reason. Yet, the mettle of a writer is not tested by his treatment of populist topics or points of view but by how delicately he handles tough issues with equanimity and fearlessness. In the midst of high tension and soaring tempers, a voice of reason, even if faint, is most welcome.

The fact that a group of Muslims in the name of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lil Da’awati wal Jihad – popularly known as Boko Haram – has been attacking churches in Northern Nigeria is a settled one. Its leader, Malam Abubakar Shekau, has twice featured on YouTube claiming responsibility, and so does his spokesperson, Abu Qaqa, in the aftermath of many such attacks. The fact that there are Christians found involved in church bombing activities – and there are many reported and unreported cases – or in supporting Boko Haram as I once wrote on this page does not renounce the confession of Boko Haram; it only complicates our analytical equation by introducing more variables and, thus, making it less linear than most of us would wish. 

Targeting churches and Christians with bombings by Boko Haram is a matter that has saddened every well meaning Muslim and Christian in this country. Attacking worshipers is not only un-Islamic but also cheap. The command of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to his companions on this is clear. A Muslim must not have a better model on religion than him. Demolition a place of worship is an act of fasad – or corruption of the world, as clearly stated in Suratul Hajj, ironically in the very verse that the leader of the group quoted in his first video to justify its resort to arms, though he did not complete it.

A worshipper is a guest of God. When a delegation of Christians once paid a visit to the Prophet in Medina, he not only camped them in his mosque but also asked them to use it for their worship. That is how the sanctity of worshippers and their place of worship became a settled issue among Muslims of various sects. That is why destruction of churches are hard to find in Muslim history. Muslims have left churches and even idols in Jerusalem, Syria, Europe, Egypt and Asia intact to date. The Taliban that destroyed the idol of Buddha in Afghanistan a decade and half ago was widely condemned by Muslim scholars across the world.

I am yet to come across a Nigerian Muslim – a scholar or a layman like me – that approves of the demolition of churches and attack on worshippers. That was how the first claim by Boko Haram came to the Muslim community as a great shock and shame. Of course, Muslim rioters have burnt churches before and they continue to do so, just as Christians also burn mosques when there are unrests. The difference is in organization. Those are acts of mobs. The ones of Boko Haram are organized operations of a sect that claims to be waging a holy warfor Islam, for God. But what is its justification, if we may ask?

Fortunately, the group is unequivocal on its reasons. It seeks to legitimise such operations based on the principle of retaliation. It is true, as it says repeatedly, that Muslims in the past twenty years became targets of barbarous attacks by some Christians in areas where the latter dominates. The examples of Kafanchan, Tafawa Balewa, Zangon Kataf, Kaduna, Plateau and Zonkwa cannot be denied. It is not the barbarity of such attacks that worries Muslims most, however but how Christians get away with the crimes so easily. Many accuse the Christian dominated security and law enforcement agencies of complicity.

It is difficult to recall any substantial prosecution or even arrests of Christians in all these despite the presence of hardcore evidence, including videos, in the hands of security agencies and the general public. The most recent of them are the attack on Muslims on Eid ground in Jos and the cannibalization of their bodies in the presence of law enforcement personnel and that of how Muslim villagers were massacred in Southern Kaduna during the post election violence, both in 2011. On the other hand, the violent reactions of Muslims to these atrocities are greeted by severe punishments by tribunals, courts and law enforcement agents that play the prosecution and the judge at the same time. From Karibi-whyte tribunal of 1987 to the latest arrests on the Plateau, it is Muslims who consistently receive the butt.

It is this selective justice and indifference of Nigerian authorities to Muslim blood, property and dignity that gives Boko Haram the pretext to retaliate on Christians. But here too, the group is wrong. No doubt, God has permitted the Prophet to retaliate against the polytheists of Arabia who transgressed against Muslims for over a dcade. In issuing that permit, however, God was specific about the target and the proportion of the retaliation: 

“Whoever transgresses against you, transgress (in return) against him in proportion to his transgression against you, and know that God is with those who fear Him (i.e. those who follow his command without retaliating beyond the proportion of the offence they received). (Chapter Baqarah)

In another verse He said, 

“And fight those who fight you and do not transgress (beyond the proportion that you were attacked with). God doesn’t like those who transgress.” (Chapter Baqarah again)

This is equal to the principle of proportionality in international law.

The interpretation of Boko Haram that every Nigerian Christian bears the burden of the crime that another Christian committed is absolutely untenable Islam:

“And no soul would bear the burden of another soul…” (Chapter Fatir)

Therefore, the actions of Boko Haram on these matters do not conform with the provisions of the Qur’an. Throughout his life, the Prophet of Islam was specific in punishing those who wronged Muslims on the few occasions he could not forgive them. For example, he never generalized punishment on the polytheists of Arabia then. When he was fighting those of Mecca, he was fighting those of Mecca alone. Neither did he treat the different tribes of Jews and Christians then in Arabia as one. He treated each on its own merit, befriending them except those who proved hostile to Islam. This is the provision against collective punishment in international law, again.

In the same manner, even if we were to accord a margin for retaliation, which I will discount later in the discussion, we must accept that Nigerian Christians cannot be treated as one organic collection of murderers that deserve a carpet treatment of bombs and bullets. In this case, the task is even made easier because the communities where these atrocities are perpetrated are known; so are the names and pictures of people who committed the crimes.

Why would Boko Haram then target innocent worshippers for God’s sake? Why not go for the criminals specifically? If it would avenge the cannibalization of Muslims on the Eid grounds of Rukuba for example, let it obtain the video, take the pain of identifying the attackers and go after them with a surgical precision. Why then attack a cheap target of Christian worshippers in Gombe or Kaduna and leave those in Zonkwa or Rukuba? Come on. This is not Islam.

I remember the fatwa once given by Sheikh Salisu Abubakar Suntalma of Ahmadu Bello University during the Kafanchan crisis of 1987. He said, agreed that innocent Muslims were killed in Kafanchan, it does not warrant any Muslim to attack any church or Christian in Kaduna or Zaria. If you can find the culprits in Kafanchan and attack them, you may have a point, he said. Islam does not sanction attacking an innocent person, he concluded. During the same episode, Ibrahim Zakzaky expressed the same view. (Ironically, the Karibi-Whyte tribunal that was set up on the crisis jailed Zakzaky for five years, despite his opposition.) It is difficult to come across any scholar, leader or informed person in Islam that holds a contrary view.

So, though Boko Haram is in every sense right to become worried about the impunity with which some Christians commit barbaric actions against Muslims and go unpunished by the Nigerian authorities, the group misfired in its answer to situation even from the perspective of Islam. The Muslim community in Nigeria has repeated this objection times without number. This is not to mention the group’s lack of locus standi even from the Islamic perspective since in Islam only the judge can order the killing of a criminal if so ordained by the law.

By way of summary, if I were to grade the script of Boko Haram here, I would give it minus one (-1).

Now let us turn to our Christian brothers. The answer of some Christians in some Northern communities is, sad to note, a mirror reflection of that of Boko Haram. They too have collectivised Nigerian Muslims, as Boko Haram generalized Nigerian Christians, and made their blood and property targets of their retaliation. If Boko Haram has attacked a church, what stops the Christians from identifying Boko Haram, if they need to, and deal with them?

I question the need because the Christians have the mighty Nigerian security, law enforcement and military apparatus behind them, at their disposal, if we go by the sacred-cow treatment they enjoy from them. Why then resort to killing innocent travellers, burning mosques and shops? So if Boko Haram is wrong in attacking innocent worshippers and churches, what makes the attack by Christian fanatics on innocent Muslim travellers and burning their mosques legitimate? This is the wrong answer to the challenge of Boko Haram.

It is also wrong from the point of view of practicality. In how many communities are such Christians fanatics ready to barricade the highway and cowardly kill innocent Muslims? In how many states or communities in the North can they do it? Honestly, I see that possibility only in Plateau and Kaduna, in the very communities where those atrocities against Muslims have been repeatedly committed due to ethnic reasons and where there are state governors who would mastermind their protection from the law. (I was told Yakowa is married to Jang’s sister!)

Man is a rational animal though he sometimes behaves stupidly at sub-human level especially when propelled by the spur of religion. Normally, he calculates his degree of safety before taking any risk on his life. Few are the fools that would dare start a fire that would consume them. Even in Kaduna State, why did not the Christian reprisal attack take place in Kaduna North or Zaria?

So, I grade the Christian answer script as minus one (-1), too.

When we add up the two, we end up with -2, two failures in the two negative quadrants of the Nigerian security equation. This is worse than where we were without either or both of them. That is where we are today. The fact is that retaliation could only serve as a deterrent for a short while. It often produces a vicious cycle of violence. Christians in some communities carry out war crimes against Muslims. Boko Haram says it retaliates but under the hidden tactic of bombings. Then Christians retaliate in areas they too think Muslims are weak. Both do it against innocent citizens, against places of worship, against God, though purportedly in the name of God.

This cycle of cowardice can continue forever except we find a way to cancel the negatives and arrive at a positive digit. And to this we turn in the remaining part of the essay.

Christian leaders and opinion shapers have appealed to Muslim leaders to use their weight to restrain Boko Haram. But sincerely, which citizen would restrain any Nigerian that carries arms today? There is none. In the same vein, I have heard many Berom leaders saying that their youths are beyond their control. When some chiefs of Niger Delta tried to stop its militants from terrorist activities in the mid-nineties, the youths accused them of complicity and murdered them. Righ now, Nigeria has a high deficit of willing martyrs among its leaders.

The truth is that when it comes to violence, the answer lies with the law and nothing else. The law it is that can cancel those negatives. It is the instrument that stripped all citizens of the right to possess firearms. If people had the right to protect themselves adequately, some of these atrocities would not be committed. (Though think about it honestly: if all of us would possess arms, it will be 160million guns and billions of ammunitions. How would there be peace? We would be facing another form of instability.) However, in most contemporary states, the law has entrusted the security of lives and property to the state. In Nigeria, keeping that trust has been in the decline for decades now. Unless we are interested in replacing the state with anarchy, we must rise to strengthen the law.

Strengthening the law means using it appropriately as an arbiter when injustice is perpetrated and getting the right people to enforce it, whenever possible. Muslims, as I have maintained, should, in the absence of any interest to bring the criminals that have been perpetrating crimes against them to justice locally, refer the matter to the International Court of Justice. They must be prepared to walk the ladder to its top. Armed with hard evidence like the ones we mentioned earlier, it is inconceivable that they will not be offered justice there. So the question of their retaliation is cancelled, ab initio.

Christians on their part must also resort to the law and support it. They must ensure that the law enforcement agencies that they control have risen to the challenge. They must also be patient with them until they succeed without complicating matters through retaliation. The current President is their making. They boasted of supporting him to victory during the last elections. In his hands lie the keys to our peace. He is the commander-in-chief. They must get him to act appropriately. Making a President is the beginning, not the end, of his service.

I will be dishonest to say that the government is doing nothing about Boko Haram. Achievements are recorded daily, albeit not enough to see us through completely yet. But when the President’s primary constituency dismisses him and resorts to taking the law into its hands by killing innocent travellers, I would think he has a problem at hand. He should not claim to be helpless, as he has often expressed in church services. He is not Moses. And we are not the Children of Israel on the bank of the Red Sea. Appealing to God without working hard maximally will only embolden the agents of destabilization. He must yield the stick as well as the carrot to both Boko Haram and his Christian counterparts in Plateau and Kaduna. Only this democratic distribution of justice would finally bring peace to our nation.

Ordinary citizens like me who have a voice must come out and speak boldly. The Christians have often emphasized that there is not enough voice of condemnation heard among Muslims. True. But that has to do more with the lack of protection from the government for those who would dare to do so. Man is a rational animal. Again, our dear Goodluck comes into the equation.

The Christians, on their part, often forget that they have been most economical with their voice against acts of sectarian violence. It is very hard, very rare, and very unusual to hear a Christian voice – a leader or opinion shaper – condemning the atrocities committed by his fellow Christians against Muslims, except Sam Nda-Isaiah of course, which mbay Christian fanatics say he is with Muslims. I cannot remember even a few, specifically directed at Christians. The best I would hear, if I am lucky on those rare occasions, are general statements condemning violence and calling for peace.

Has any Christian leader called for the prosecution of the massacres in Zonkwa or other villages of southern Kaduna of recent, for example? No. Have Nigerians heard the voice of any pastor on his pulpit condemning the Christians that attacked Muslims in Eid ground, roasted their bodies on vehicle bonnets and ate them in the presence of security agents? No. And so was it with every occasion of violence, including the latest killings on the Kaduna – Abuja Highway. What we only hear is the expression of shock, but not a single call for arrest. As usual, none is arrested and none will be arrested, anyway. There was never a time when any Christian cleric or traditional ruler even admitted that his people were at fault. The closest we heard was the recent statements by our Rev. Hassan Mathew Kukah. The videos are there. Let them join us in calling for the prosecution of the culprits. The truth, I must tell my Christian brothers, is that Nigeria cannot clap with one hand.

There are many other ways we can express our voice to garner support for peace though. For example, someone online has suggested mass rallies for peace across Northern Nigeria. Yes. I have seen the federal government and politicians rent crowds to show their solidarity for a cause or a candidate. Why cannot the president go beyond the pulpit and march across the road to the Eagle Square for the sake of peace? Why would not state governments summon all their ulama and priests and their followers to a peace rally in the largest public square of their states? These guys enjoy free largesse to Hajj, Umra Jerusalem and Rome. This is the time to ask for a pay back. Ehe now! Let us reassure the world with the pictures of oceans of peace loving Nigerians on international television screen. It will refute the notion that majority of Nigerians are murderers. It will also tell the agents of destabilization how insignificant they are in our midst.

As for the other forces that are interested for various reasons in aggravating the conflict in Northern Nigeria – those within the region and beyond – I wI’ll say that it is our negligence that has given the allowance for the expression of their nefarious interests, using Boko Haram and Christian groups. The people of Northern Nigeria, and those of other regions, will continue to remain where they are, each in his own domain. In the North particularly, God has enriched us with diversity. It is a blessing, not a curse. And so shall we remain together long after the guns of Boko Haram and those of Christian fanatics are put to silence.

 


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  • Gocovi

    This Writer is sponsored by Boko Haram!!!!

    • Tamunengere

      While many of us in diaspora thought democracy will enlarge opportunities for self actualization,thereby constricting the grevience space,the cantankerous primordiality of some comments posted herein are dangerously demogic and exposes the mind set of the commentators. Its sad that we have allowed primitive insurgency to divide ourcommon humanity. Tilde keep the good work and possibly link up wt richard umaru,yima sen,timawus,adamu adamu, tom maiyashi, and host of other concern northerners to explore solutions.
      TERHEMBE AYUH

    • GOV11

      He wasn’t sponsored,i think he runs charity for Boko Haram.

      • Otuozeng

        u all cannot think beyond ur nose.

    • Hcedo

      Why, because he speaks the truth?

    • Nafisa Ibrahim78

      u ve gt 2 tnk z ppl lyk u that will neva open deir brain

  • Redsabre

    How did I manage to waste my time reading this extremist?

    • GOV11

      Don’t feel you have wasted your time Redsabre,tomorrow, when ever Aliyu U. Tilde is mentioned anywhere in the north(because he can’t go beyond there) you will remember this day that he is a supporter of terrorism against Christians.Please when it comes,don’t forget to tell a friend.

      • Hcredo

        Fkereke is right, our common enemy is Satan and we are playing right into his hands. Satan does not care if you are Muslim or Christian, his objective is to distroy mankind and he cannot do it with his own hands but by inciting hatred and causing us to fight eachother. Boko Haram is an epitome of Satan, they have not spared Muslims in Kano, Bauchi, Yobe or Maiduguri and have assinated their religious leaders in Mosques. Now they are attacking churches. It is only natural to seek out your enemy and defend yourself. But the question is WHO is the enemy, bombings have been carried out by both Muslims & Christians, and the so called ‘Boko Haram’ takes credit. What if Boko Haram did not exist to take the blame, it would be clear that only the work of the devil would make a Christian bomb the house of God & kill his Christian brother & sisters. We may not know who they are but one thing that all Nigerians are sure of is that they are pursuing the agenda of the Satan. Should we not be concerned about uncovering the identity of this sect & their sponsors and stopping them before they lead us to commit atrocities against ourselves? If we fail to be smart about this, then there is no denying where the series of violence will lead us…right into their plan.

    • Fkekere

      Tilde’s contribution is worth consideration. We should be concerned about a common solution because we are all affected. The whole issue of bombings presents serious challenges so much so that one is at lost as to the true identity and motives of those behind the bombings. Someone has just shared a chronology of bombing incidents involving our Christian brothers and sisters thus:

      1.) The reported arrest of the suspects that sprayed bullets on the Gombe Deeper Life Church worshippers of which the suspects arrested were alleged to be Igbos. Keen observers would remember that “Boko Haram” claimed responsibility for that attack. Noteworthy also is the fact that the arrested suspects were moved from Gombe to Abuja and since then nothing has been heard about them.
       
      (2.) Shortly after the Gombe Deeper Life Church massacre, following quickly also after the Gombe township bombing fiesta two men, named Hassan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu, all of them Christians, were arrested in the same Gombe town with a vehicle loaded with explosive devices and ammunitions. If they were part of those who did the bombing fiesta Christians should note that “Boko Haram” also claimed responsibility, and if they were not a part of the bombing fiesta be assured that if they had not been arrested and they succeeded in using their own merchandise “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility. Curiously, since they were moved to Abuja nothing has been heard about them.
       
      (3.) If the eight COCIN church members arrested with explosive devices at the Miya-Barkatai branch of the church in Bauchi State had succeeded in detonating what they were arrested with, be assured “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility and since the village is near Jos, Plateau State some brainwashed youths with hearts filled with hate would begin to pounce on any available Hausa/Fulani on sight for revenge.
       
      (4.) If Miss Lydia Joseph had succeeded in burning down the St. John Catholic church in Bauchi city be assured it would have been attributed to Boko Haram or to Muslims.
       
      (5.) If Emmanuel King, the guy who disguised as a Muslim wearing a turban and kaftan, had succeeded in bombing down the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yenagoa the Bayelsa capital “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility, and the intended desire for reprisal would have further brought the real desire, which is polarization. It doesn’t matter whether the guy is sane or insane as he was later touted to be. Also, possibly in further pursuit of this polarization agenda some persons were reported to have burnt down a worship centre of the Church of God Mission International in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital as reported by the LEADERSHIP newspaper of Sunday, January 15, 2012 on page 9. Who did it may not be known now, but there is the possibility it could have been meant to trigger some kind of attacks against some undesirable elements with the added benefit of maintaining a national division.
       
      (6.) If Madam Ruth had succeeded in bombing down the ECWA church in the Kalarin area of Kaltungo in Gombe State verily, verily I say unto thee “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility notwithstanding whether she was hypnotized or not as some may want to claim.
       
      (7.) After the COCIN church headquarters bombing in Jos defence authorities issued a statement disclaiming the man lynched while trying to escape from the vicinity as not a soldier, whereas the man was wearing military uniform and was later identified as a member of the church. To lend credence to this possibility the Special Task Force (STF) on security in Jos on Sunday, March 25, 2012 paraded one Mr. Alex Danladi who was caught wearing army camouflage t-shirt, cap and boot while parading himself as a soldier. He was paraded alongside one Mr. Dung Bulus, a suspected fabricator of guns and some others whom the authorities said are students of the University of Jos. Also on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the 2 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt paraded one Abba Ibrahim allegedly caught with military uniforms and other gear including weeds suspected to be cannabis. He was said to be a dismissed military personnel and hails from Billiri, a predominantly Christian town in Gombe State and that at the time of his arrest he was standing trial for another case of impersonation (see THE NATION newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 57). Now, for a fee wouldn’t this Alex Danladi, donning his military gear, ask some persons manning some church entrance to open the gates and some paid murderers would drive in and detonate their bomb laden car? Or wouldn’t this Abba Ibrahim do the same for money?
       
      (8.) On January 11, 2012 two Nigerians named, Sunday Eze from Anambra State and Samuel Taiwo from Ogun State and some three Ghanaians were arrested in Ghana with some heavy weaponry carefully concealed in a truck, which was to be brought to Nigeria. Opposing bail for the suspects in court on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Ghana said “the arms and ammunitions seized on transit to Nigeria were to be used to fuel terrorists’ activities in the country.” See the DAILY TRUST newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 3. These Nigerian suspects are from southern Nigeria and bear Christian names. So, on whose behalf were they bringing in those arms of which the Ghanaian authorities said were to be used for terrorism in Nigeria? And which terror group do they belong to?
       
      (9.) On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 a 38 yea- old man named Monday Davou was arrested while planting a timed Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or time bomb, if you like, at the Makera weekly market in Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State. This was with intent to commit mass murder, for that is what planting a bomb in a market will do. Now if Monday Davou’s bomb had exploded be sure that a “Boko Haram” spokesperson will have claimed responsibility and even before the statement of claim comes Monday Davou’s kinsmen would have launched “reprisal attacks” on any person that looked like Hausa/Fulani and their properties, and would have probably roasted some of the Hausa/Fulanis and eaten them like they did sometime in 2011.
       
      (10.) The DAILY SUN newspaper of Monday, February 20, 2012 on page 12 reported the arrest in Akure, Ondo State of a gang of five armed robbers led by one Evangelist Wale Adelu, “an evangelist of one of the old generation churches, which has branches in the state capital…..and they were said to be meeting in his church before they proceeded on any robbery operation.” Wouldn’t this “evangelist” and his gang agree to bomb churches for a good fee?
       
      (11.) Similarly, the SATURDAY SUN newspaper of Saturday, March 10, 2012 on page 10 reported that 11 cartons of explosives imported from South Africa and “carefully packaged to beat security checks” were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The consignments were said to be for “Miero Marble Granite and Stones Limited in Kaduna State, with one Mr. Michael Awara Ernest as the representative to collect the explosives at the cargo terminal.” The Customs Area Controller in charge of the airport, Mr. Charles EporweiEdike while parading the suspect said “If these items were released to him, they could have been used to cause mayhem; we are now going to hand him and the items over to the police for further investigations.” Well, since the handover to the police nothing has been heard about it again. And let the Muslims bearing Michael Awara Ernest step forward to the nearest police post for proper identification and documentation, please.
       
      (12.) The THISDAY newspaper of Friday, January 13, 2012 on page 6 culled a news report from the BBC in which a British-based arms dealer, Gary Hyde was being prosecuted in a London court for unlawfully arranging the shipment of about 80, 000 guns and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria in 2007. But, the big question is, to whom did he make his shipment? To Muslim radicals or to some church going criminals?
       
      (13.) On Sunday, February 19, 2012 four persons were arrested while trying to detonate explosives at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, High-level in Makurdi the Benue State capital. The LEADERSHIP newspaper of Wednesday, February 22, 2012 on page 10 reported the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state’s command, Mr. Alaribe Ejike as saying those four persons arrested were Christians and not Boko Haram members as speculated by members of the public. He said “We are still trying to find out certain things about them, but we have not confirmed whether they are Boko Haram members. It remains one thing, and as soon as we find out, we shall inform you accordingly.” Up till now nothing has been heard from the police. But, poor Alaribe Ejike may not have known that there is a “Boko Haram” with members possibly cutting across religious lines impersonating Boko Haram for some people’s strategic interests.
       
      With all these incidents, we need to join hands together to bring an end to the spate of bombings instead of engaging in names calling and condemning those who put forward a proposed solution. The enemy, Satan, spares non of us.

      May God help us, amen.

      • servantchild

        oga so Christians bomb and boko haram a Muslim sect is glad to take responsibility abi? who is fooling who? how many of these “Christians” are properly interrogated?
        Muslims caught claim to be christians and you want to say we believe that claim.
        No Christian is taught violence but Muslims are taught from the cradle to kill any non-muslim,as if you dont know what your quran says!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bubaadob

      because you one, that is why you cannot see any meaning in it

  • Anonymous

    Concience is an open wound, only TRUTH can heal it. -Sheikh Usman Danfodio

    Dr. Tilde keep on doing the good work, God will reward you abundantly.

    • GOV11

      Of course,God also rewards evil doers and sympathizers of terrorists.So long!

  • Abodunrin

    HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SAY THAT SUICIDE BOMBING IS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRISTIANITY, BECAUSE OF THE CHRISTIAN NAMES OF SO CALLED COLLABORATORS…ARE WE STUPIDLY INTELLIGENT?

    • Anonymous

      For those of you who do not know….. Maitatsine, Kala Kato etc are all sects that fight other muslims attempting to enforce their onw “brand” of Islam, their targets were never christians. Please dont try to change history that occoured when you were either not born or too small to understand your environment.

      They never attacked any christian anywhere in Nigeria.

      Dr Aliyu Tilde carry own and please dont mind this shallow minded people, it is clear they dont have any point or fact to discredit your write up except wrapping up unnecessary sentiments.

      • Ladidanladidi

        Arna at it again, they cause havoc then turn around and blame people who rise in self-defence. Mallam aliyu please find fura da nono and drink then go and bath so that your sins would be forgiven.

        • GOV11

          He doesn’t really need that Ladidanladidi, he only needs to upgrade on knowledge.Its easier now,he can surf the web and not have to go through the rigour that real intellects go through by visiting libraries and research centres.

          • Ayoefa

            You need to upgrade your thinking, it seem to be stuck in the mud.

          • Nurailiyas

            To me Tilde has tried his best. As Nigerians, our lack of objectivity is highly destructive. I am afraid, with our attitude Nigeria will never be a country to reckon with. May God provide us with a solution to endless Nigerian problem.

          • Kay

            It’s surprising that an informed journalist who claims to be unbiased can so brazenly attempt to re write history as if the readers are living in Europe and not Nigeria. We have been witnesses of unrelenting Muslim attacks on Christians and southerners on a regular basis with impunity.
            To my knowledge, no single Muslim has ever been punished.
            We all know the governments of the day have always turned a blind eye to this Islamic violence.
            I do not claim that all Muslims are responsible for this but we know some Muslims do this and get official protection.
            From the 1991 Bonnke riots in Kano to the 2002 Miss world riots in Kaduna,we have witnessed often unprovoked aggression by Muslims.
            Now that the thoroughly downtrodden Christians are retaliating ,commentators and politicians have become uneasy!
            I wish any of you had shown half this degree of concern when Islamic fundamentalists drew the first blood. shameless folks.

          • Naija

            Well I know a lot of Muslims who were prosecuted for the violent acts U have listed, and a lot of christians too. But its sad that the master minds behind them still live free. I lived in Sabon Tasha in Kaduna south in the 80s and 90s, and believe me bro, christians there are not as helpless as the media make them to be. They hunted us down as muslims, burnt our homes and our small prayer mosques we had there.Infact, the violence by Kaduna South christians prior to the 2002 one was unprovoked. I will never forget it as it forced me and my family out of our home. Having witnessed all of it first hand, I think Until any body has done so, he/she has no right to claim any side is innocent of attrocities.

      • GOV11

        Anonymous please revisit you google bar for memory-loss update,i think you are caught up in that web.

    • GOV11

      You can ask that again.

    • tmotmo

      You can ask that again. Like-wise why Muslim should not be associated with atrocities of BOKO HARAM, because they have christian members.

    • Hcredo

      It’s not just the names, they are CHRISTIANS. Some of them were members of the church, like the recent Living Faith bombing on Bauchi.

  • Gordy

    The retaliation of Christians only started in the recent past as they have had enough of spilling of the blood of the innocent whose only crime was their creed. All through the military regimes we had in the 80s, even under Shehu Shagari, there was one religious uprising or the other in the north perpetrated by some mullahs and their followers who enjoyed tacit support from the military and political leadership of that period. They killed and maimed Christians and southerners in their thousands with impunity.

    Remember the Maitasine sect uprising through which thousands of southerners and christians of northern stock perished, recall Bulunkutu and Jameta, remember Bauchi in the 80s. Do recall series of almajri uprising jn Kano state that decimated the population of non muslims in that area. These seeds of discord was shown in the eighties by the muslim north.

    Official protection given to the muslim elements that committed these heinous and horrendous crime by the muslim dominated leadership of that period by failing to bring the culprits to justice yielded upalatable fruits which manifested in lack of tolerance for muslims in northern communities dominated by christians in the late 90s. Tilde has laboured to muddle facts by deliberately omitting the very genesis of the problem we have today by pointing accusing fingers at the wrong quarters; the christians who has always borne the brunt of intolerance of northern islamic fundamentalists

    Christians and southerners in the north were slaughtered in their thousands through the 80s while christians retaliation started after Zango Kataf and Jos crisis in the late 90s. Aliyu Tilde, it seems you have selectively chosen to recall the events leading to this crisis or is it a problem that borders on amnesia ?

    • ojulowoomooyo

      Thanks Goddy for going back into history. Aliyu Tilde, for whatever reason was half-clever by not going down the memory lane fully. Specifically, why did he fail to mention the Maitatsine Riots of early 80’s? I believe that Tilde was just trying to be mischievious, distorting history or too young to recall it. He stated his piece brilliantly, but towards the end, he could not hide his disdain for christianity. Yes, it is the typical Tilde.

      • GOV11

        i challenge Tilde,he has no sight into memory,he doesn’t seem to read anything order than his write-ups.

      • Hcredo

        You should know your history well before agreeing with Gody’s comments. He has muddled up the facts and you have blindly followed him.

      • ado

        sorry please try to verify your allegations, because Maitatsine never attacked christians, his attack was on muslims. You should try and get the report and stop making coomrnts blindly

    • Mafar_Ka

      But if you really go back in History and are honest, you should have mention Kafanchan massacre of Muslims in the 80s and Zangon Katafa in the mid-90s (Zangon Kataf is dominated by Christians and Muslims were the target), not to mention numerous ethno-religious crisis in the Plateau recently. Maitatsine targeted the Muslims and law enforcement Agencies and not Christians as you posited. We can not play down a possibility of Christians death in that conflict but were not the main target. The writer was fair enough in his writings apportioning blames to both religions and their adherents as appropriate. Why is objectivity only when North/Islam/Muslims is blamed for all the problems of this nation?

    • Lawaldzomo66

      Gordy you are either impertial or mean to the truth of all the killings you have mentions, for all the Maitatsine riots its the indegines that suffers much as we are experiencing with bh menace, i think the writer has done well, only for the leaders to look into it.

      • Hcredo

        I don’t think I am going to waste any more time replying to Gordy’s comments, he is either blind as a bat or hopelessly sentimental. He prefers just one side of the truth and is willing to distort facts to meet his fancy.

    • Hcredo

      The uprisings in the past that you mentioned, like the Maitasine crisis, were not targetted specifically at Christians, and all the others in which Christians were targeted you will find that they were reprisals against attacks initiated & executed by Christians. There is no one occasion in past history were Muslims initiated an unprovoked attack against Christians in Nigeria. But I cannot say the same for the Christians, because the Sayawa crisis in Bauchi of the early 90s, the Kaduna crisis of 2000, the Zango Kataf crisis, as well as the Plateau crisis (to mension a few) were all well planned in advance, as security reports have shown. I think it is you who has his history jumbled up and has let tribal & religious sentiments blinded him from the truth.

  • Governor

    In fact Christians should kill more.

    • Hcredo

      Please don’t use this forum to spread your hate messages. Things are wrong in Nigeria, if we cannot exchange views to find a way forward, then at least let us not fuel the violence. Every life is created by God alone and is sacred.

      • Goodguycl

        time will tell

  • Dijemohd

    Point of correction pls. The wife of His Excellency, Governor Yakowa is in no way related to Plateau State Governor. The only link is that the wives of the two Governors are from the same Local govt area which is Jaba.

  • sususu1

    I was reading until you claimed that Christians have been controlling the security agencies. That is where I lost interest. Remeber Shagari-Buhari-IBB-Abacha-Abdulsalami… years in power? Remember araba, civil war and maitatsine?

    Please get over your obvious hatred for Jonah Jang, it makes you look cheap, petty and sound like a nagging wife…

    • GOV11

      @Sususu1 for Tilde to ever gain my admiration again,he has to list all the heads of state before 1999 and their respective security advisers.At least that will clear the already lingering doubts about his qualifications as a journalist in my mind.

  • Komololings2003

    Gordy have said all that I intend τ̅☺ add as I was reading through U̶̲̥̅̊я̩̥̊ self centered script,u tak of retarliation by Boko Haram,well I point faults τ̅☺ D̶̲̥̅̊ so called president for bragging τ̅☺ know D̶̲̥̅̊ culprits and still watch D̶̲̥̅̊ lives of D̶̲̥̅̊ innocent taken with ease,did u talk about D̶̲̥̅̊ souls wasted by D̶̲̥̅̊ muslims after D̶̲̥̅̊ presidential election?I managed τ̅☺ escape from D̶̲̥̅̊ hands of people that were desperate τ̅☺ take ma life,do u remember D̶̲̥̅̊ massacre of a whole village i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ jos and many more……u have actually spoken because of D̶̲̥̅̊ few lives that have been sacreficed by D̶̲̥̅̊ muslims,D̶̲̥̅̊ christians have sacreficed from 25th December 2011 till date and u talk about retarliation.I just don’t ​see a good thing i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ all that U̶̲̥̅̊ have said Doc,its either u don’t read elaborately or u don’t want τ̅☺ say D̶̲̥̅̊ whole truth. May D̶̲̥̅̊ wisdom τ̅☺ peace ÇO̶̲̥̅ε̲̣̣̣ τ̅☺ us i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ this time of trial

  • Ifiemik2008

    You are just simply wicked and heartless

    • GOV11

      Beyond that he is an accomplice!

  • Conscience

    it is pathetic how much divided we have become, because how else can we explain this selective amnesia. I was however relieved that the writer could not recall anywhere in the south where muslims were massacred.

    From the first sentence, i was seriously following the analysis and started smiling when he mentioned that christians were killing muslims, but i could not hold my laughter when he said that christians dominated the security agencies and were protecting their own. where on earth did this guy come from, the moon? or maybe he was born last night. is he really serious about all that he wrote or is this piece a satire? I believe the later.

    it is so so shameful that northern leaders including governors of Niger, Borno and this writer will be holding on the point that some christians are suicide bombers and may be responsible for the bombing of churches, even when Boko haram comes out to claim responsibility. Such people must be suffering from fundamental mental dementia that is beyond social redemption.

    Haba jama, let us wake up and tackle our common enemy – religious fanatism.

    • Lawaldzomo66

      are there when june 12 riots started in the s/w who are the victims?

    • Hcredo

      I do not have the time to recount for you the numerous incedents of religious killings of Muslims in the south. And if you were any bit well informed on the history of your country or if you have been following the facts behind the recent crises in Nigeria, you would not have found anything that Tilde stated to be falacious or ‘funny’.

    • ad

      sorry may be you are not in Nigeria, look at the service chiefs composition, how many of them are Muslims

  • Eboy

    Tilde is being half clever. If the govt is failing in its responsibility to secure the people, it is just common sense that we shall continue seeing the kind of reprisals that happened in KD. The Goverment is the culprit and not xtains or moslems.

  • Aabdul

    Tilde, I have been reading your scripts, but Iam greatly disappointed the way you sounded very myopic. May God forgive you. Iam very sure you one of the sponsors of book haram.

  • Bola Willy

    No matter the shortcomings anyone may have on this article (if there’s one), the writer has made an attempt to profer a solution. Will it be too much for our President, surrounded by his Ministers and Advisers on one hand, and the governors and their commissioners, to organise a periodic peace walk? He also wants them to enlist the support of the Pastors and Imams, their followers and other volunteers. Will it be too much to organise this? What’s the costs? Can it achieve any level of success?

    Many thanks for this suggestion. May your pen never dry!

  • Babso

    Good write up, succintly put as usual. Hope the government will heed the advise herein.

  • Assanig

    The Euphoria of Independence in 1960 quickly died away when in 1966 northern elements unleashed a pogrom that killed tens of thousands of people from Eastern Nigeria. The killings under different guises continued in Kano in 1980, in Maiduguri in 1982, in Jimeta in 1984, in Gombe in 1985, in Kaduna & Kafanchan in 1991, in Bauchi, Kastina, & Kano in 1991, in Zango-Kataf in 1992, in Funtua in 1993, in Kano in 1994. Since 1999, no year passes without killings somewhere in Northern Nigeria. On January 10, 2001 a riot broke out in Maiduguri because the Luna eclipse occurred. Churches and hotels were destroyed. When America bombed Afghanistan on October 15, 2001, crowds stormed the streets of Kano to protest. They also used that opportunity to kill more Southerners and burn their homes, businesses and churches.

    • Gordy

      Thanks for the timeline of those sad events that produced boko haram

  • GOV11

    Tilde,i really don’t want to reply you in straight forward equivalence,as it will amount to drafting a piece in similitude of length with what you have up there.Sometimes,i feel people like you are consciously ignorant,except,perhaps if otherwise proven.For over thirty years in the history of Nigeria,the hausa muslims held the mantle of leadership in virtually all spheres of our daily endeavour.In the structural formation of the military for instance,hausa muslim personnel were quite more than 60%.How many times,if you are a true student of history have we heard of killings of top Christian functioneries that were ended up justified by these leaders who profess Islam?And you sit there telling us that Christians attacked muslims in Jos and you also cited Kaduna,a place where i was born and bred?Mallam Tilde,you are erronously ignorant.What happened on Sunday in Kaduna has been the usual trend in the Muslim/Christian relationship in Nigeria since inception.The hausa muslims have always mistaken the gentleness of Christians for cowardice.And when the Christians are pushed to the wall,they turn back and fight.That was exactly what has been happening in the cases you cited and also recently,in Kaduna.You ask yourself,how many islamic scholars have the guts to criticize Boko Haram for fear of being attacked.When the speaker of the house of representatives,Tambuwal paid a condolence visit to Thisday office that was bombed in Abuja and made criticisms of their (Boko Haram’s) act,less than 30 minutes when he left,he called the management of Thisday and pleaded with them not to publish his comments.Tell me saint Tilde how a Christian will hear that from the number three citizen of the nation and feel secured.This is a man who is entitled to organised security unlike those many common citizens who who have stood thier grounds and called a spade a spade.Even the sultan never rebuked the actions of Boko Haram,he only said ‘it was a battle between good people and bad people’ and that ‘the good people will win’. Who are the good people, Boko Haram?Who is decieving who?So when people like you try to steer facts away from the focal point,some persons will kick against it.I’ll leave you to read between the lines and figure out what next is on my mind.
    Now,lets dabble a little into religion.All the verses you quoted in the Quran are but weak in bond,hence did not succeed in driving home the points you hoped to.I believe you really want an average non-muslim to see Islam as a religion of peace as is always proclaimed,there by disputing the actions of Boko Haram as a direct command from the prophet as documented in the Quran.Please explain Quranic excerpt below to your readers;
    Fight unbelievers (Christians and Jews) who are near to you. 9:123 (different translation:
    Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you. (another source: ) Ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers….
    When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. – 47:4
    (different translation: ) When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads, and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly.

    Those who are slain in the way of Allah – he will never let their deeds be lost. Soon will he guide them and improve their condition, and admit them to the Garden, which he has announced for them. – 47:5

    The unbelievers among the People of the Book (Christians) and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. – 98:51

    Fight them so that Allah may punish them at your hands, and put them to shame. (verse cited in Newsweek 2/11/02)
    Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. – 48:25

    Muhammad is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers. – 48:29

    Mallam Aliyu U. Tilde,let us stop at this juncture.I would sincerely advice you to imbibe the true character of journalistic professionalism in your style of reportage.Of course,you are a latent sympathizer of Boko Haram most especially as their fight is basically addressed towards the Christians.I’m sure you were excited by their (Boko Haram) latest video release,where they said except all Christians convert to muslims the attack continues.Well i have good news for you and your cohorts,speaking from evidence obtained through memory lane,all leaders of Islamic militia die in the course of unleashing terror,and God brings confusion on the reasoning of their followers,and they start killing themselves.Time will tell.

    • Hcredo

      I thought this is a forum is for the exchange of balanced ideas & opinions, and not a place for spiteful prejudices and insult of real intellectuals by the ignoramus?

  • GOV11

    Just remembered something now.Why did some northern elders reject the decision of the executive to employ the services of the CIA and FBI in tackling the Boko Haram menace.Could Boko Haram be an entirely northern plot?

    • anonymous

      yes because they were not employed for MEND +OTHERS in South-south and South east

    • Big-girl

      Exactly, it is entirely the northern muslim plot to invite the military back to power, frustrate the administration of GEJ or declare a self rule for islamic Nigeria.

  • Ayoefa

    Thanks for the brilliant and well written piece. The xtians crusaders will always find fault as long as you are not preaching the words of CAN. Don’t listen to them. They are just as culpable as Boko Haram.
    If I come to your house and terrorize you, then you decide to terrorize someone who has nothing to do with my act in the first place then you have simply become a terrorist yourself.
    Unfortunately, Nigeria is full of extremists on both sides. A religious war is inevitable. May be after 15 years of bloody war, people will see that religion is killing them.
    And pls don’t be fooled by thinking that it is just as simple as dividing the North from the South. No, its way more complicated than that. Most in the Southwest are Muslims and will be sympathetic to their Muslims brothers in the north (Not with Boko Haram). Xtians in the North will be sympathetic to their brothers in the SE and SW and it will be a bloody long war that will have no winner at the end of the day.
    Retaliating against innocent Muslims as much as it sounds logical will only add to the sufferings of the xtains in the north. My best advice is to find a way to infiltrate the ranks of Boko Haram and kill them from within. That’s the only lasting solution.

    • Afeoya

      The only place where the Christian crusaders exist, is in your own head. Boko Haram are killing people and all youidiots can do is to talk about imaginary crusaders. Idiots!!!

  • Akandetemilade

    Ur writeup is very annoying. I av deduced from it dt its either u are one of the sponsors of boko haram sect or u ar a member…u av a very wicked heart and may God forgive u.

    • Dankasa

      Just as President Ayo of CAN and GEJ are.

    • Hcredo

      You deny because the truth does not favour what you wish. It still doesn’t change the facts. You are better off accepting the truth and seeking to find the masterminds behind these attacks and not just blaming the most visible enemy.

      • Eddy

        Boy, you are a prat!

  • Naija

    I have been reading most of the comments here, and I find them very dissappointing and a reflection of what is happening in Nigeria. Every person that has made a comment here today other than one seeking for a solution to our problem is as myopic and wicked as the sponsors of Boko haram and the Christian counterparts now forming. Whether these groups are sponsored by government, northern elite, southern elite, CIA, MI6 or what ever acronym you can think of is not the issue here. The issue is that ONLY INNOCENT NIGERIANS will suffer this problem that plagues us. While this writer, even though a little biased, has identified that there is a problem, and is calling for a solution, the likes of GOV 11 have dedicated so much time and energy in crucifying him. In my opinion, this writer hasn’t said anything that is untrue of the Nigerian situation today. What saddens me most is how our leaders, past and present (although na those old men of before still dey run things) have turned us into pieces on a chess board.We have repeatedly heard the President say ‘we know who they are’, yet we haven’t seen anyone get punished. I can bet a fortune that if the so called Boko Haram or Christian Crusaders were to kill any Governor or Minister or anyone in the corridors of Power, their reign would come to a screeching end. Let us not all be fooled, this is but a very elaborate political agenda, and May the almighty save us from its engineers in the way he deems most fit. Amen

  • Amsonintert

    How did I manage to waste my time reading this nonsense ? This Writer is Boko Haram Member.

    • Hcredo

      Boko Haram does not exist, just like Al-Qaeda did not exist. It was a name coined by the CIA so that the people can have a visible enemy to blame for terrorist attacks and a symbol to direct their hatred. Usama Bin Laden never named his organisation Al-Qaeda, and Yusuf never named his organisation Boko Haram. In the same way as Boko Haram is claiming credit for attacks, many attacks were blamed on Al-Qaeda which were actually engineered by the American govt itself, all for the pursuit of a secret agenda (that is no longer secret by the way). Open your EYES and do not let yourself be fooled.

  • Amsonintert

    In fact Christians should kill more of people like u.

    • Hcredo

      Even after the truth has come to you, you chose to be blind. It still doesn’t change the facts.

  • Fkekere

    1.) The reported arrest of the suspects that sprayed bullets on the Gombe Deeper Life Church worshippers of which the suspects arrested were alleged to be Igbos. Keen observers would remember that “Boko Haram” claimed responsibility for that attack. Noteworthy also is the fact that the arrested suspects were moved from Gombe to Abuja and since then nothing has been heard about them.
     
    (2.) Shortly after the Gombe Deeper Life Church massacre, following quickly also after the Gombe township bombing fiesta two men, named Hassan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu, all of them Christians, were arrested in the same Gombe town with a vehicle loaded with explosive devices and ammunitions. If they were part of those who did the bombing fiesta Christians should note that “Boko Haram” also claimed responsibility, and if they were not a part of the bombing fiesta be assured that if they had not been arrested and they succeeded in using their own merchandise “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility. Curiously, since they were moved to Abuja nothing has been heard about them.
     
    (3.) If the eight COCIN church members arrested with explosive devices at the Miya-Barkatai branch of the church in Bauchi State had succeeded in detonating what they were arrested with, be assured “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility and since the village is near Jos, Plateau State some brainwashed youths with hearts filled with hate would begin to pounce on any available Hausa/Fulani on sight for revenge.
     
    (4.) If Miss Lydia Joseph had succeeded in burning down the St. John Catholic church in Bauchi city be assured it would have been attributed to Boko Haram or to Muslims.
     
    (5.) If Emmanuel King, the guy who disguised as a Muslim wearing a turban and kaftan, had succeeded in bombing down the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yenagoa the Bayelsa capital “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility, and the intended desire for reprisal would have further brought the real desire, which is polarization. It doesn’t matter whether the guy is sane or insane as he was later touted to be. Also, possibly in further pursuit of this polarization agenda some persons were reported to have burnt down a worship centre of the Church of God Mission International in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital as reported by the LEADERSHIP newspaper of Sunday, January 15, 2012 on page 9. Who did it may not be known now, but there is the possibility it could have been meant to trigger some kind of attacks against some undesirable elements with the added benefit of maintaining a national division.
     
    (6.) If Madam Ruth had succeeded in bombing down the ECWA church in the Kalarin area of Kaltungo in Gombe State verily, verily I say unto thee “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility notwithstanding whether she was hypnotized or not as some may want to claim.
     
    (7.) After the COCIN church headquarters bombing in Jos defence authorities issued a statement disclaiming the man lynched while trying to escape from the vicinity as not a soldier, whereas the man was wearing military uniform and was later identified as a member of the church. To lend credence to this possibility the Special Task Force (STF) on security in Jos on Sunday, March 25, 2012 paraded one Mr. Alex Danladi who was caught wearing army camouflage t-shirt, cap and boot while parading himself as a soldier. He was paraded alongside one Mr. Dung Bulus, a suspected fabricator of guns and some others whom the authorities said are students of the University of Jos. Also on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the 2 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt paraded one Abba Ibrahim allegedly caught with military uniforms and other gear including weeds suspected to be cannabis. He was said to be a dismissed military personnel and hails from Billiri, a predominantly Christian town in Gombe State and that at the time of his arrest he was standing trial for another case of impersonation (see THE NATION newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 57). Now, for a fee wouldn’t this Alex Danladi, donning his military gear, ask some persons manning some church entrance to open the gates and some paid murderers would drive in and detonate their bomb laden car? Or wouldn’t this Abba Ibrahim do the same for money?
     
    (8.) On January 11, 2012 two Nigerians named, Sunday Eze from Anambra State and Samuel Taiwo from Ogun State and some three Ghanaians were arrested in Ghana with some heavy weaponry carefully concealed in a truck, which was to be brought to Nigeria. Opposing bail for the suspects in court on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Ghana said “the arms and ammunitions seized on transit to Nigeria were to be used to fuel terrorists’ activities in the country.” See the DAILY TRUST newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 3. These Nigerian suspects are from southern Nigeria and bear Christian names. So, on whose behalf were they bringing in those arms of which the Ghanaian authorities said were to be used for terrorism in Nigeria? And which terror group do they belong to?
     
    (9.) On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 a 38 yea- old man named Monday Davou was arrested while planting a timed Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or time bomb, if you like, at the Makera weekly market in Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State. This was with intent to commit mass murder, for that is what planting a bomb in a market will do. Now if Monday Davou’s bomb had exploded be sure that a “Boko Haram” spokesperson will have claimed responsibility and even before the statement of claim comes Monday Davou’s kinsmen would have launched “reprisal attacks” on any person that looked like Hausa/Fulani and their properties, and would have probably roasted some of the Hausa/Fulanis and eaten them like they did sometime in 2011.
     
    (10.) The DAILY SUN newspaper of Monday, February 20, 2012 on page 12 reported the arrest in Akure, Ondo State of a gang of five armed robbers led by one Evangelist Wale Adelu, “an evangelist of one of the old generation churches, which has branches in the state capital…..and they were said to be meeting in his church before they proceeded on any robbery operation.” Wouldn’t this “evangelist” and his gang agree to bomb churches for a good fee?
     
    (11.) Similarly, the SATURDAY SUN newspaper of Saturday, March 10, 2012 on page 10 reported that 11 cartons of explosives imported from South Africa and “carefully packaged to beat security checks” were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The consignments were said to be for “Miero Marble Granite and Stones Limited in Kaduna State, with one Mr. Michael Awara Ernest as the representative to collect the explosives at the cargo terminal.” The Customs Area Controller in charge of the airport, Mr. Charles EporweiEdike while parading the suspect said “If these items were released to him, they could have been used to cause mayhem; we are now going to hand him and the items over to the police for further investigations.” Well, since the handover to the police nothing has been heard about it again. And let the Muslims bearing Michael Awara Ernest step forward to the nearest police post for proper identification and documentation, please.
     
    (12.) The THISDAY newspaper of Friday, January 13, 2012 on page 6 culled a news report from the BBC in which a British-based arms dealer, Gary Hyde was being prosecuted in a London court for unlawfully arranging the shipment of about 80, 000 guns and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria in 2007. But, the big question is, to whom did he make his shipment? To Muslim radicals or to some church going criminals?
     
    (13.) On Sunday, February 19, 2012 four persons were arrested while trying to detonate explosives at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, High-level in Makurdi the Benue State capital. The LEADERSHIP newspaper of Wednesday, February 22, 2012 on page 10 reported the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state’s command, Mr. Alaribe Ejike as saying those four persons arrested were Christians and not Boko Haram members as speculated by members of the public. He said “We are still trying to find out certain things about them, but we have not confirmed whether they are Boko Haram members. It remains one thing, and as soon as we find out, we shall inform you accordingly.” Up till now nothing has been heard from the police. But, poor Alaribe Ejike may not have known that there is a “Boko Haram” with members possibly cutting across religious lines impersonating Boko Haram for some people’s strategic interests.
     
    These few examples are possible involvements of Christians in betraying the church and Christians and the nation.

    • Hcredo

      You are one of the few objective Nigerians I know, while people like you are willing to look deeper to discover the truth and the evil minds pulling the strings, the majority are satisfied with the illusion being created and are willing to fight and kill each other based on fueled hatred. But do not let their comments upset you, even Jesus was rejected by the majority when he came with the truth and only a handful believed in him, eventhough his coming was predicted clearly in the scriptures.

  • Umarhottt

    Gov 11 I tink u and ur brodas are out frm d bar. And hu said maitasine is a muslim is crazy. Every body knws maitasine is 1 of the four xtain(arna) hu were sent to sudan to learn about islam so dat dey can destroy it . If u don’t knw any tin kip quite pls and stop wasting our tym.

  • Omezonline

    Arrant nonsense! Absolute rubbish. I don’t want to waste my time responding to some of the issues you raised.

  • Ponderer

    Just try and bring your boko haram nonesense to Lagos and see real hell fire.

  • Fkekere

    1.) The reported arrest of the suspects that sprayed bullets on the Gombe Deeper Life Church worshippers of which the suspects arrested were alleged to be Igbos. Keen observers would remember that “Boko Haram” claimed responsibility for that attack. Noteworthy also is the fact that the arrested suspects were moved from Gombe to Abuja and since then nothing has been heard about them.
     
    (2.) Shortly after the Gombe Deeper Life Church massacre, following quickly also after the Gombe township bombing fiesta two men, named Hassan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu, all of them Christians, were arrested in the same Gombe town with a vehicle loaded with explosive devices and ammunitions. If they were part of those who did the bombing fiesta Christians should note that “Boko Haram” also claimed responsibility, and if they were not a part of the bombing fiesta be assured that if they had not been arrested and they succeeded in using their own merchandise “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility. Curiously, since they were moved to Abuja nothing has been heard about them.
     
    (3.) If the eight COCIN church members arrested with explosive devices at the Miya-Barkatai branch of the church in Bauchi State had succeeded in detonating what they were arrested with, be assured “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility and since the village is near Jos, Plateau State some brainwashed youths with hearts filled with hate would begin to pounce on any available Hausa/Fulani on sight for revenge.
     
    (4.) If Miss Lydia Joseph had succeeded in burning down the St. John Catholic church in Bauchi city be assured it would have been attributed to Boko Haram or to Muslims.
     
    (5.) If Emmanuel King, the guy who disguised as a Muslim wearing a turban and kaftan, had succeeded in bombing down the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yenagoa the Bayelsa capital “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility, and the intended desire for reprisal would have further brought the real desire, which is polarization. It doesn’t matter whether the guy is sane or insane as he was later touted to be. Also, possibly in further pursuit of this polarization agenda some persons were reported to have burnt down a worship centre of the Church of God Mission International in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital as reported by the LEADERSHIP newspaper of Sunday, January 15, 2012 on page 9. Who did it may not be known now, but there is the possibility it could have been meant to trigger some kind of attacks against some undesirable elements with the added benefit of maintaining a national division.
     
    (6.) If Madam Ruth had succeeded in bombing down the ECWA church in the Kalarin area of Kaltungo in Gombe State verily, verily I say unto thee “Boko Haram” would have claimed responsibility notwithstanding whether she was hypnotized or not as some may want to claim.
     
    (7.) After the COCIN church headquarters bombing in Jos defence authorities issued a statement disclaiming the man lynched while trying to escape from the vicinity as not a soldier, whereas the man was wearing military uniform and was later identified as a member of the church. To lend credence to this possibility the Special Task Force (STF) on security in Jos on Sunday, March 25, 2012 paraded one Mr. Alex Danladi who was caught wearing army camouflage t-shirt, cap and boot while parading himself as a soldier. He was paraded alongside one Mr. Dung Bulus, a suspected fabricator of guns and some others whom the authorities said are students of the University of Jos. Also on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the 2 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt paraded one Abba Ibrahim allegedly caught with military uniforms and other gear including weeds suspected to be cannabis. He was said to be a dismissed military personnel and hails from Billiri, a predominantly Christian town in Gombe State and that at the time of his arrest he was standing trial for another case of impersonation (see THE NATION newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 57). Now, for a fee wouldn’t this Alex Danladi, donning his military gear, ask some persons manning some church entrance to open the gates and some paid murderers would drive in and detonate their bomb laden car? Or wouldn’t this Abba Ibrahim do the same for money?
     
    (8.) On January 11, 2012 two Nigerians named, Sunday Eze from Anambra State and Samuel Taiwo from Ogun State and some three Ghanaians were arrested in Ghana with some heavy weaponry carefully concealed in a truck, which was to be brought to Nigeria. Opposing bail for the suspects in court on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Ghana said “the arms and ammunitions seized on transit to Nigeria were to be used to fuel terrorists’ activities in the country.” See the DAILY TRUST newspaper of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 page 3. These Nigerian suspects are from southern Nigeria and bear Christian names. So, on whose behalf were they bringing in those arms of which the Ghanaian authorities said were to be used for terrorism in Nigeria? And which terror group do they belong to?
     
    (9.) On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 a 38 yea- old man named Monday Davou was arrested while planting a timed Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or time bomb, if you like, at the Makera weekly market in Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State. This was with intent to commit mass murder, for that is what planting a bomb in a market will do. Now if Monday Davou’s bomb had exploded be sure that a “Boko Haram” spokesperson will have claimed responsibility and even before the statement of claim comes Monday Davou’s kinsmen would have launched “reprisal attacks” on any person that looked like Hausa/Fulani and their properties, and would have probably roasted some of the Hausa/Fulanis and eaten them like they did sometime in 2011.
     
    (10.) The DAILY SUN newspaper of Monday, February 20, 2012 on page 12 reported the arrest in Akure, Ondo State of a gang of five armed robbers led by one Evangelist Wale Adelu, “an evangelist of one of the old generation churches, which has branches in the state capital…..and they were said to be meeting in his church before they proceeded on any robbery operation.” Wouldn’t this “evangelist” and his gang agree to bomb churches for a good fee?
     
    (11.) Similarly, the SATURDAY SUN newspaper of Saturday, March 10, 2012 on page 10 reported that 11 cartons of explosives imported from South Africa and “carefully packaged to beat security checks” were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The consignments were said to be for “Miero Marble Granite and Stones Limited in Kaduna State, with one Mr. Michael Awara Ernest as the representative to collect the explosives at the cargo terminal.” The Customs Area Controller in charge of the airport, Mr. Charles EporweiEdike while parading the suspect said “If these items were released to him, they could have been used to cause mayhem; we are now going to hand him and the items over to the police for further investigations.” Well, since the handover to the police nothing has been heard about it again. And let the Muslims bearing Michael Awara Ernest step forward to the nearest police post for proper identification and documentation, please.
     
    (12.) The THISDAY newspaper of Friday, January 13, 2012 on page 6 culled a news report from the BBC in which a British-based arms dealer, Gary Hyde was being prosecuted in a London court for unlawfully arranging the shipment of about 80, 000 guns and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria in 2007. But, the big question is, to whom did he make his shipment? To Muslim radicals or to some church going criminals?
     
    (13.) On Sunday, February 19, 2012 four persons were arrested while trying to detonate explosives at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, High-level in Makurdi the Benue State capital. The LEADERSHIP newspaper of Wednesday, February 22, 2012 on page 10 reported the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state’s command, Mr. Alaribe Ejike as saying those four persons arrested were Christians and not Boko Haram members as speculated by members of the public. He said “We are still trying to find out certain things about them, but we have not confirmed whether they are Boko Haram members. It remains one thing, and as soon as we find out, we shall inform you accordingly.” Up till now nothing has been heard from the police. But, poor Alaribe Ejike may not have known that there is a “Boko Haram” with members possibly cutting across religious lines impersonating Boko Haram for some people’s strategic interests.
     
    These few examples are possible involvements of Christians in betraying the church and Christians and the nation.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Shame on ur lineage Tilde. This is rubbish. The Nigerian army has been dominated by muslims since d end of civil war. U cant change history. Find another lie to tell. why did Zamani Lekwot and others raised arms against the Nigerian army, if they were on the same side? Lies Lies and more lies. why is Queen of Apostles College now Queen Amina College,Kaduna by force of decree? Why is it almost impossible to produce a christian governor in Kaduna until the accident of 2010 when Sambo became VP? Why did we need to ask the sarduana to appeal to kaduna muslims that it is ok to be ruled by an ‘unbeliever’? Please find a mirror. The monster in the north is you. you resort to violence at any provocation, no matter how silly, even before Boko Haram. u are a people raised not to value human life. whether its a cartoon in denmark, a comment in newspaper, an eclipse of the sun, the imams are always ready for blood offerings to appease ur god. Shame on ur ilks.

  • Layo_le

    It is indeed sad that a handful of nominal Christians in northern Nigeria now feel compelled to resort to vengeful reprisals against Muslims despite the biblical injunction to repay evil with good (Romans 21:17-21). For centuries since the Usman Dan Fodio jihadist wars Christian ethnic minorities as well as ethnic majority converts had endured all manner of social economic cultural political and physical violence abuse and repression without recourse to human justice and due process. Yet, it was clear that for the most part they did not retaliate against Islamic aggression. But alas it is no longer so. It is heartbreaking that the words of our Lord Jesus Christ commanding his disciples to bless and pray for those who persecute them are falling on death ears. However, it is important to note that the claim that the Boko Haram vindication for its war on Christians is a result of the aggression of the latter is clearly untrue and a case of denial of reality as stated above. Nevertheless nothing justifies retaliation against innocent travellers or other who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s high time we all agree to love and respect each other regardless of our differences as people created by God in His image and for His glory.

  • Simon Olu Ajayi (Olutee)

    There is a wide gap between what people like TILDE want the world to believe and what the Quran and the Hadith say about violence and killing of Christians and Jews.

    Verse 9 [actually verse 5], Al-Tawbah [the Koran’s 9th chapter]: Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.”

    Osama bin Laden’s communiqués have also quoted the Koran copiously. In his 1996 “Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places,” he quotes seven Koran verses: 3:145; 47:4-6; 2:154; 9:14; 47:19; 8:72; and the notorious “Verse of the Sword,” 9:5.[i] Bin Laden began his October 6, 2002, letter to the American people with two Koran quotations, both of a martial bent: “Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory” (22:39) and “Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (anything worshipped other than Allah e.g. Satan). So fight you against the friends of Satan; ever feeble is indeed the plot of Satan” (4:76).” …

    CONCLUSION
    Islam promotes violence and killing of others who are not Muslims. The words of Tilde are merely his words. The Words of the Quran and Hadith are the true positions of Islam.

    • Hcredo

      You do not have the authority to quote the Quran because you are apparently ignorant of what it contains. The verse you quoted was directed at pagans who breached their peace treaty with the Prophet and attacked & killed some Muslims with out provocation. All laws give man the right to defend himself, so what exactly is your point? You have become like Boko Haram & Al-Qaeda who employ selective interpretation of the Quran to support their murderous causes, as you are now using selective verses of the Quran to support an argument aimed at promoting discrimination and hate. Tilde is not trying to defend Islam, there is no need. Anyone who picks up the Quran and reads it in its totality will find its message to be clear. But for one who is prejudiced, you will find him to be very selective of the truth. Have a great day Olutee!

  • Mohammed Bello

    It is clear from the comments here how much some Nigerians hate objectivity. Most of the people commenting here are clearly enjoying the security of living very far from the scenes of conflict. Many have never even being to the north before, many are living abroad. They have the luxury of sitting at their computers and writing obscenities at anyone who attempts to be objective and suggest solutions. They are also the same people whose own localities in the south are awash with gruesome violence, yet they sit on judgement of other people. Over sixty killed in Ebonyi last December because of land, over 40 killed in Cross river / Ikwa Ibom in May because of land (where several were beheaded), 6 killed in Enugu last week by cultists (including one whose head was smashed and brain removed). Also two gruesome beheadings in Igbinedion University just last week. The fact that killings in the South are not due to religion doesn’t make them any more benign. Thank you Aliyu Tilde for rising above the pervasive parochialism in Nigeria. Anyone who doesn’t like Dr Tilde’s writing, should just sit back and enjoy the violence and complain no more. There are enough people like you in the north to help you keep the violence going for as long as you wish.

  • Alphonsusduniya

    Please I want you to trace the history of the so called riots, communal and religious crises objectively right from time immemorial to date in the North, lets be objective, the muslims have always been on the offensive and the christians on the defensive. Just like Palestinians and the Isrealities. You know, when one stands to retaliate what has been done to him which is injurious it is always grievous than the one who starts it and that is obvious because either God or the devil might be by his side. Tilde if you know your history very well, the Hausas have for long dominated and suppressed the southern Kaduna people when even revenues(haraji) were collected in forms of cowries, grains and animals from their poor parents and those who could not pay were either jailed, killed or turned into slaves to work for the emirs and co, you know that. Lets be realistic. Because what has a beginning must surely have an end. When the southern Kaduna people started agitating these negativisms from the Hausas and were becoming successful, the Hausas deceived with the innocent Fulanis to be one to fight this course.that was when we heard of Hausa fulani as a person not as two seperate persons again. Before then its either you are Hausa or Fulani. Even the Hausas before then never wanted for a joke to be associated with the fulanis lest called him a fulani man because they saw the fulanis to be primitive and uncivilized. Now that they are failing again in their collective suppressions they now turn religion as a vehicle to gain sympathy for a collective front by muslims both within and outside Nigeria. As you did say earlier on, these bombings and riots in the northern part of Nigeria is not religious but I see it purely politics and a means of gaining political powers. Religion is only used as vehicle to ferment trouble and that’s it. Some of my Hausa neighbours often say this to my ears that God has so fashioned this country into three major tribes for the likelihood of making the Hausas to be potential leaders/rulers, the Yorubas educationists in schools and the Ibos as traders, what a beautiful nonsense. And that’s why in whatever every little gatherings the Hausas always want to claim leadership if not let it not be. Lets remember that the world is dynamic and God has not finished His hand works. Take changes as they come and we will live in peace because today you might be found in a mansion and tomorrow found in a cascade, and life continuous.

  • Assalam

    A lot of people say Islam is about violence. This is what you hear in the media and from the government and Christian religion preachers. But how much of it is really true. To be honest, the only things most people know about Islam is what they hear from others and see on tv. We are too lazy to read. I have offered/persuaded a lot of my Christians friends to read about Islam to no avail.

    To put it simply, People are quick to use verses from the Koran to show that Islam is about violence, but it only seems like “violence” when it is taken out of context. People can say that the Bible promotes violence as well (if the verses are taken out of context). For instance, here are some choice passages from the Bible which when read in isolation makes the Bible appear to be a primer for evil:

    1) In Samuel 15:2-3, the Lord orders Saul to kill all the Amalekite men, women and infants, 2) In Exodus 15:3, the Bible tells us the Lord is a man of war, 3) In Deuteronomy 13:6-16, the Lord instructs Israel to kill anyone who worships a different god or who worships the Lord differently, 4) In Mark 7:9, Jesus is critical of the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as prescribed by Old Testament law, 5) In Luke 19:22-27, Jesus orders killed anyone who refuses to be ruled by him.

    Political and religious extremists have abused Islamic, Jewish, or Christian scriptures continuously throughout history. This would not happen if context was taken into consideration. Remember that the Bible and Koran came approximately 2000 and 1500 years ago, respectively.

    Why do people think Islam revolves around violence? Because people commit the hasty generalization logical fallacy — “what is true for a small sample must be true for the whole population.”

    This, in addition to the terrorist activity, have falsely made people to believe that Islam is about violence. On the contrary, people who take the time to understand Islam will know that Islam revolves around peace. Their greeting, Asalamu alaykum, literally means: peace be upon you. The teaching of the Islamic Prophet, Mohammad (pbuh), can be read in the book called the Hadith. It is a sharp from what extremist Muslims do.

    Muslims believe: the sin of killing one innocent person is equivalent to the sin of killing an entire. In this context, “innocent” is referring to anyone who hasn’t caused you harm directly. (i.e. terrorists bombing WTC on 9/11 is a sin because they killed innocent people who had done no harm).

    In conclusion, no religion promotes violence. People have to take the time to understand another person’s religion before they jump to conclusions. Take context into consideration, don’t let a minority group influence your perception of a group as a whole. The taliban and al qaeda don’t represent Islam because they don’t act in ways that Muslims should act in. Mallam Tilde has tried his best in profer solution. We should all preach love and peace.

  • I refuse to subscribe to the fact that these acts of terror are driven by belief in God.It’s ethnic.It’s a xenophobia against southerners,being expressed in churches which their assailants believe they hold dear.Otherwise why dont we have these attacks in the SW,where there are an equal number of muslims as xtians.
    We’re still living in denial

  • Yola girl

    I wonder where he got his statistics of the christian Muslim ratio in the Nigerian security forces

  • Salisunas

    ALLAH ya saka maka da alkhairi (May Allah continue to bless you and guide you Dr.)

  • Mao1

    As much as I do enjoyed reading Aliyu Tilde, he is off the point in some aspects of this writeup. Can he in all honesty quote what is in the quran Surah 9:29 and explain it meaning to us?

    While retaliation may not be the best way out but how do you explain the incessant attacks on Christians especially by a group that is professing the backing of their god as well an ideology to exntend islam and sharia to every part of Nigeria?

    Do you think the Christians should just fold their hands in the spirit of good neighbourliness while the islamists with the tacit backing of their quran kill them at will?

    To call those who according Aliyu Tilde “attacked Muslims in Eid ground, roasted their bodies on vehicle bonnets and ate them in the presence of security agents” Christians shows that Aliyu has a poor or misapplied understanding of who a Christian is and what are the tenets of the religion.

  • Pilgrim

    Is this not the same Aliyu Tilde that wrote a diatribe in the aftermath of some disgruntled members of a Toro, Bauchi State church being caught with IEDs? In it, he argued that it should be logical to surmise that Boko Haram is the making of Christians. He even cited the arrests of some individual(s) in Port Harcourt, and questioned the integrity of Christian leaders in taking certain positions after the Madalla, Niger State Christmas 2011 bombing.
    Tilde had sought to make the world believe that the religious crisis in Jos, Plateau State was a genocide aimed at exterminating Muslims. I have no doubt that Aliyu is knowledgeably, negatively intelligent. Armed with spurious statistics, he had sought audience in international forums to whip up sentiments in support of his dubious cause. Aliyu needs to know that life is sacred, and the life of the either Isoko, Tiv, Tarok, Ngas or Berom man is of the same value as that of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri, Arab or Jew. For ease of reference, let me refer you to a Bible verse that says

    Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:37)
    That verse asks a rhetorical question, not one in demand of answer. Taken with the preceding verse, it means there is nothing in the world that is of more value than the soul of one man. It stands to reason that people like Aliyu and his ilk shouldn’t be pontificating on how right or wrong we are. This is so, when there is so much wrong he is. He is wrong to think that children, and women who are usually spared even in times of war should be left defenseless when Boko Haram attacks them. He is wrong in never on one occasion persuading Northern elders to call these misguided youth to order. The Boko Haram people live among them. He is wrong not to have told the Boron Elders in plain terms that the soldiers that are on the streets of Maiduguri did not go there by choice but on duty to serve national interests. Does he have the figure(s) of the soldiers, policemen and other para-military officers who have been killed since this madness began? And yet Boron elders never spoke out against these demons. How many mosques have been torched? Why should Christians fear to go to church to worship their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
    Some commentators have here argued that Christians (even supplying names) have been caught conspiring or attempting to plant bombs. Well, for those who are sensible enough, the fact that one has been arrested is a first step in the process of arraigning and prosecuting these vagabonds. I would be saddened to know that they are no longer in detention, and are walking as free men.
    It is sad if we our personal impressions as facts, and seek to assert them on an unsuspecting public. Nigeria’s problems include people who should know and act better but play the ostrich.
    May national zeal consume us! Otherwise, we will be left to our primordial sentiments. And it does us no good!
    So far, Aliyu.

  • Pilgrim

    Is this not the same Aliyu Tilde that wrote a diatribe in the aftermath of some disgruntled members of a Toro, Bauchi State church being caught with IEDs? In it, he argued that it should be logical to surmise that Boko Haram is the making of Christians. He even cited the arrests of some individual(s) in Port Harcourt, and questioned the integrity of Christian leaders in taking certain positions after the Madalla, Niger State 2011 Christmas bombing.
    Tilde had sought to make the world believe that the religious crisis in Jos, Plateau State was a genocide aimed at exterminating Muslims. I have no doubt that Aliyu is knowledgeably, negatively intelligent. Armed with spurious statistics, he had sought audience in international forums to whip up sentiments in support of his dubious cause. Aliyu needs to know that life is sacred, and the life of the either Isoko, Tiv, Tarok, Ngas or Berom man is of equal value as that of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri, Arab or Jew even if they don’t belong to any religion. For ease of reference, let me refer you to a Bible verse that says

    Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:37)
    That verse asks a rhetorical question, not one in demand of answer. Taken with the preceding verse, it means that with God there is nothing in the world that is of more value than the soul of man man. It stands to reason that people like Aliyu and his ilk shouldn’t be pontificating on how right or wrong we are. This is so, when there is so much wrong he is. He is wrong to think that children, and women who are usually spared even in times of war should be left defenseless when Boko Haram attacks them. He is wrong in never on one occasion persuading Northern elders to call these misguided youth to order. The Boko Haram people live among them. He is wrong not to have told the Borno Elders in plain terms that the soldiers that are on the streets of Maiduguri did not go there by choice but on duty to serve national interests. Does he have the figure(s) of the soldiers, policemen and other para-military officers who have been killed since this madness began? And yet Borno elders never spoke out against these demons. How many mosques have been torched? Why should Christians fear to go to church to worship their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
    And what is our muslim brother’s answer to Boko Haram, if I may ask? What have you, Aliyu told those empty heads? If they say they are Muslims and are prosecuting a jihad, why would we disbelieve them when they make us their main target? Your language, and the tacit support that this group enjoys from the average Northern Hausa-Fulani muslim amazes me. Have they not sought to justify their actions by stating their leader was killed? Why did they receive compensation when the court gave judgment in their favor, and still go ahead to kill people that have no bearing with government? Your discourse in which you raise grievances similar to what the empty head Shekau said puts you at the same wavelength. Are you also implying that revenge is justifiable? When you intentionally bruise wounds which have been healing, you shouldn’t arrogate yourself a high moral ground.
    Some commentators have here argued that Christians (even supplying names) have been caught conspiring or attempting to plant bombs. Well, for those who are sensible enough, the fact that one has been arrested is a first step in the process of arraigning and prosecuting these vagabonds. I would be saddened to know that they are no longer in detention, and are walking as free men.
    It is sad if we exalt our personal impressions as facts, and seek to assert them on an unsuspecting public. Nigeria’s problems include people who should know and act better but play the ostrich.
    May national zeal consume us! Otherwise, we will be left to our primordial sentiments. And it does us no good!
    So far, Aliyu.

  • Efjaylinks

    That is why I wrote in one of my write ups that War Has No Boundary.

  • Big-girl

    Tilde, had actually poured out his grievances on the Boko Harams, Christians, security operatives and government of the day. But, he refused to tell us who a Boko haram is? their identities? what they represent or at most the differences between the Boko Haramist and Muslims if at all there is. I was in Maiduguri 18 Feb. 2006 when it happened all of a sudden like a dream, some group of islamist were mobilised to attack christians in their homes and their churches simultaneously within a space of one hour and over 20 churches were raised down, a priest of St. Rita’s Catholic Church Bulumkuta/Gomari was killed and burnt and many unsuspecting innocent Christian lost their lives. These happened without any underlying issue or provocation, this preceeded the emergent of the so called BH insurgences, and till date no enquiry was carried out neither was anyone prosecuted.
    What is the meaning of Boko Haram? what is your take on this hausa phrase? when has Boko became a ‘haram’ thing? Why was it not termed haram when your northern brothers where taking their turns in the leadership of this country? One more question, between you and your creator tell us how you feel when a Christian dies? and here i tell you there is enough joy in the islamic world or society when a Christian dies. WHY? However, the Nigerian society expected the likes of You who is the true muslim to stand out and redeem your religion and its practices, look out for the Boko Haram whose identity you may easily know and admonish them by preaching the real message to them than hiding and asking for special security. A muslim is a muslim all over but sects might vary and their attitude remain same except for the very few who have had convictions over their faith. Know it today that Boko Haram is just a label, or an umbrella harbouring/shielding different individuals, the rich, poor, politician, fanatics etc in the north with evil intents and heinous criminal acts and ideas. Let’s not pretend about this. Well, get up and start sensitizing your religious youth over the need for peace and tranquility before you lose them all in crises for the sake of appeasing one/group of selfish, devilish and greedy individuals. Note that the children of the affluent northern ranking Nigerians are miles far away and their enclaves you dare not reach, while the children of the poor is set to die, what could be more devastating and humiliating than this? Think and think it wise!

    We are indeed human and once or twice pushed to the wall, you may likely react. The Christian reprisal attack was in anger over the repeated occurence and targets to their lives and churches. Now, what do you say of a group who had vowed to settle for nothingless than islamising 12 states of the federation by force? Directly and indirectly annihiliating the southerners in their midst.

  • 2006Ken9

    Rubbish analysis. You betrayed your emotions and allowed your sense of objectivity to take a flight. In the history of Nigeria, Christians have never premeditated an attack on muslims. all attacks on muslims were reprisals on account of the inability of security agencies to stop the mobs. When Iraq was attacked by the allied forces, the northern muslims started killing christians. Did Nigerian christians attack iraq? Even if they did, what is the business of Nigerian muslims to attack their fellow countrymen on account of what happened. A lot of attacks on christians are legion. Christians have never deliberately attack any muslim save for reprisals. While am not for any reprisal killing because I abhor killing of any human being whether he professes my religion or not or for whatever reason, it behoves on our northern brothers to rein in on the people to exercise maximum restraint in killing of innocent souls. Nobody has a right to kill innocent people. Boko Haram has only one agenda and that is to islamize Nigeria and balkanize it. Any claim to fighting chiristians because muslims were attacked in the past is mere pretentions and cannot fly. I think the Northern elders and clerics should be bold enough to call a spade a spade and stop these people before Nigeria is engulfed in a war of attrition. Nobody or region has a monopoly of violence. The other regions are watching with interest how all these will unfold. If it continues, it is unfortunate that the nunc dimitus of nigeria will surely ring and to your tents o Israel will be the swansong. WE have sacrificed so much for the unity of this country and if being apart will serve all the regions better fine. I am sure the North will prosper well in a divided Nigeria so also are other regions.

  • Enough is Enough

    By pomoting this kind of religiously imbalance article and discourse, PREMIUM TIMES has lost its focus of fighting corruption and good governance which endeared it to its readers. The Editors of this news blog definitely has some questions to annser concerning their reports and suspected links to boka haram. 234Next is where they are comming from … where is 234Next today! , if you guys continue to dabble into religious fanaticism, you will reap its reward. Time will tell. You have just lost one reader… Bye Premium Times.

  • it will soon get to you, am sure you are getting the heat they have send the warning to you that they are comming to your house, ideot jihadist, lets watch and see the end of this your wicked and barbaric plans in you peoples mind. remember the evil that men do live with them. beware Aboki and better give your life to christ and be saved! just becos the government was taking away from you guys you want to destroyed every body all in the name of religion later you will say religon of peace, lets face the truth were is the peace or you did not see when your brother whom you are sending after the christians like saul quoted the quran chapter 29 vs 9. that it si their obligation that you should continually deprive peace to the jews and the christians who do not believe in your prophets muhammed?
    Aboki go back and settle your house if you dont we are all going down. no body will live to tell the story

  • How are the Palestinians being offensive and the Israelites being defensive right from the start of their conflicts? Remember, Palestinian land was carved by the West
    after the WW II to settle the Jews, who are now usurping even the little left for the
    Palestinians. OK, I understand, justice is when a group you don’t like are the downtrodden.

  • State what is imbalance in his article. Running away because you don’t agree with the writer depicts you as intolerant of other views.