It will take time to defeat Boko Haram – Archbishop of Canterbury
The cleric, while speaking on British Broadcasting Corporation Radio 4 programme on Friday, described the ongoing activities of he sect as evil.
According to him, the insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast region is “an extraordinarily difficult situation to get on top of.
“You’ve got to realise this is an area about the size of Scotland, of woods and forest and hills. The Boko Haram is a group of the utmost evil.
“The militants are dealing out death right left and centre without hesitation and without mercy, concentrating a lot on Christian churches, but also attacking Muslims in the local population in vast numbers,” he said.
Recall that the archbishop had earlier called on the Federal Government, the United States of America, Britain and other allies to swiftly rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Canterbury archbishop, who had once served as a negotiator between the Presidency and militants in the Niger-Delta during the amnesty programme, said the Northeast’s distrust for the US and Britain could stall any intervention.
“It will take a long time,” the archbishop said.
“External intervention is always difficult. In the first place, Britain’s history as the colonial power, and the role of the United States of America in Iraq and Afghanistan, makes both countries suspicious for many Muslims,” he added.
Describing Boko Haram as well-armed and well funded, the erstwhile negotiator said any approach to deal with the terrorist group “will have to be combined police action and careful spiritual and economic development to convince local populations that it is possible to oppose Boko Haram.”
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