Arewa Condemns Boko Haram Attack In Apapa Lagos; Tells Islamic Clerics To Preach Peace

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July 14, 2014 – Arewa Condemns Boko Haram Suicide Bombing Attack In Apapa Lagos; Tells Islamic Clerics To Preach Peace

In response to Boko Haram attack on a tanker farm in Apapa Lagos that killed over 4 people last month, the Arewa (Hausa) community in Lagos has said it will neither aide nor tolerate terrorist activities in Lagos.

In a statement yesterday by the Chairman, Council of Arewa Chiefs and the leader of the Hausa in Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabir, the group assured that “ the Arewa community will neither hide nor aid terrorists in any way”.

It also condemned the activities of the Boko Haram sect, saying they do not represent the teachings of Islam.

“Nigeria is facing challenges that are unprecedented in our recent history perpetrated by terrorists disguising as a religious group.

“We have enjoyed peace in Lagos and for that reason, we are sensitising our people on the need to maintain peace and to be security conscious.

“We have also directed all our Imams to consistently intensify the message of peace among the community. We have also directed that people should not be allowed to sleep in mosques and other places designated for worship” the statement said.

The group also said that its leadership had instructed its members against sleeping or camping under the bridge or indiscriminate parking of vehicles along major highways.

It urged its members in Lagos to participate in the proposed registration of residents.

“We believe that these measures will further strengthen the bond of friendship among other ethnic groups in Lagos,” it said.