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Northern Islamic Clerics To Blame For Rise Of Boko Haram – Bishop Matthew Kukah

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A prominent Nigerian bishop has said Muslims need to stop denying that Boko Haram terrorists have nothing to do with Islam.

In the last five years, Boko Haram has killed over 10,000 people in Nigeria and has since overtaken Islamic State to become the deadliest terror group in the world.

Prominent Nigerian Muslims and elites from the terror-torn North insist Boko Haram terrorists know next to nothing about Islam.

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, thinks those who simply denounce the terrorists are living in denial.

“A hypocritical elite continues to believe that it can claim the benefits of democracy but use it only to consolidate its hold on power,” Kukah told the audience at the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University, Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

“This is what has laid the foundation for what is now Boko Haram,” he said.

Kukah then went on to drop bombshells on the northern elites whom he said have not realised that their failure to educate their own people is a major cause of Boko Haram’s terrorism.

“We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed of being Muslims. They preached Sharia Law but only for the poor. They preach a religion that encourages education, yet their own people are held in the bondage of ignorance.

They did not wish to live by the same standards, so they decided to live their own Islam in the capitals of the world away from the prying eyes of their own people. Boko Haram began as a revolt against this mendacity, subterfuge and hypocrisy.

Now, I hear Muslims in northern Nigeria hiding under the cover of the facts by saying: ‘These Boko Haram people are not Muslims. They do not represent us’. Well, first, they are your own children. You must take responsibility for what has made them what they are today and to the rest of society.

They claim they have been inspired by the Quran and no other holy book. They say they want to build an Islamic state. So, they are Muslims. After all, from the debates of the Constituent Assemblies of 1979, 1988, and 1995 and beyond, did their fathers and grandfathers not stage walkouts, demanding Sharia Law?

The promise to institute Sharia has become the most potent tool for political mobilisation and organisation. Till date, the tactics may have changed, but the essence has not.”

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“Rather than face the tough questions of how and why over 15 million children in the northern states are on the streets; how and why the northern states are falling behind on almost every index of development, the northern Muslim elite continues to live for just the moment, with no plans for tomorrow.

It is my considered view that northern Islam has to confront the realities of taking its religion into the modern world of democracy seriously. Muslims in northern Nigeria cannot accept democracy and reject the inclusive nature of its philosophy as it is the case today.”

Kukah then seemed to suggest that the Nigerian schoolgirls Boko Haram could be as good as slave wives.

“Should we pretend that a society that allows the forced marriages of its young daughters could frown on the idea of a group kidnapping and forcing young girls into sexual slavery?” Kukah asked.

“Islam must have an honest look at the mirror and have an internal discussion,” he said.

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  1. JOE

    December 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    ITS very sad that most muslims still tends to pretend on issues that are so obvious that only tells you the extreme dept of secrets they preached but who can we take into consideration being a better muslim in seria Afghanistan yemen Iraq iran etc who is a better muslim between those that want sharia law and those that owns the power?its time we accept the mistake of yesterday so that tomorrow will be better

  2. Bash

    December 5, 2015 at 6:40 am

    You just need to shut up because you don’t know anything about Islam. For the northern elites you can say whatever you like about them but not Islam in general. As for book haram, you need to understand that we the educated ones are not fools and your education is not far better than ours. We are already aware of those who claim to be Muslims but are only Muslims by their agenda. Time shall tell !!!

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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