Attack on churches contradicts Ramadan spirit, says MURIC
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned Boko Haram insurgents for attacking churches in villages near Chibok, Borno State.
It said the attacks were infringement on the rules of Ramadan, which requires Muslims to pursue a robust spiritual programme involving supplications, glorification of Allah and enlightenment during the holy month.
MURIC said the insurgent’s action was a proof that Boko Haram is Haram.
Its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, noted that why Islam teaches the halting of hostilities in Ramadan, Boko Haram chooses the same Ramadan to kill with reckless abandon.
“While Islam teaches the pursuance of education by both sexes from childhood to old age, Boko Haram forbids education for the girl-child; while Islam teaches peaceful coexistence, Boko Haram pursues a barbaric agenda of killing and maiming,” he said.
Akintola urged the Federal Government to demonstrate commitment to the war against insurgents.
He said: “We expect Nigerian soldiers to have studied the tactics adopted by the insurgents by now and to have evolved ways and means of truncating their gimmicks.
“At the same time, the Federal Government must start considering a round-table with the insurgents. This is a group that cannot build, but it is capable of destroying. Wise counsel dictates that the Federal Government must stoop to conquer. Too many lives are lost on daily basis. The authorities should find ways of placating Boko Haram soonest in order to bring peace to the Northeast.”
Akintola enjoined President Goodluck Jonathan to be more proactive in handling the insurgent.
“Nigerians are not fools. We are very eager to see peace returning to the Northeast, the President’s Northeast, because the whole country is Mr. President’s constituency. Fire in the Northeast is therefore fire on the President’s roof,” he said