Bombings desecrate Islam – Northern delegates
Northern delegates to the National Conference have said Wednesday’s explosions in Kaduna targeted at former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Islamic scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, desecrate the religion of Islam especially coming during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement signed by spokesman of the Northern Delegates Forum, Anthony Sani and emailed to The Nation, the delegates described the explosions as heinous and condemnable.
They also dismissed insinuations that Boko Haram was brought about by some northern leaders to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan because of his religion and region.
It noted that members of the Boko Haram sect have never hidden their desire to bring the north under their own brand of Islam and possibly bring the cleavages of the country along religious lines, warning that “Nigerians should not make the mistake of allowing the insurgence to redefine our togetherness.”
The statement reads: “The twin bombs which exploded in Kaduna, and during the month of Ramadan, on Wednesday ostensibly targeted at Gen. Buhari and Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, are heinous and condemnable.
“The bombs are condemnable not only because of the loss of lives and because of those injured, but also the bombs desecrate the religion of Islam which forbids such actions against sacred inviolability of the individual. Worse still, during the month of Ramadan.
“We condole with the families of those who lost their lives and commiserate with those who suffered injuries from the bombs. May God repose the lives lost and provide fortitude to endure the irreparable losses.
“As to the personalities targeted and the implications of the attacks, I wish to submit that Boko Haram has never hidden its desire for the substantial parts of the north to be under its own version of Islam, and if possible the cleavages of the country should be along religious lines.
“What has been at issue is our submission that majority of Muslims do not share Boko Haram’s vision that the country should be converted to Islam through violent loss of innocent lives, precisely because true Islam has no provision for compulsion.
“As to the conspiracy theories that some northern leaders brought about Boko Haram in order to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan on account of his faith, ethnicity or region, and the other one that the Presidency sires Boko Haram in order to eviscerate the North socio economically and politically, I wish to say neither of the two conspiracy theories is here or there.”