Dec 7, 2011 – Boko Haram a declaration of war on Nigeria- Oritsejafor
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) co-chair, Pastor Ayo Oristejafor has described the killings in parts of the country by the Boko Haram sect as a declaration of war on the nation.
He spoke yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the opening of the second quarterly meeting of NIREC in the North Central.
Oritsejafor urged the Federal Government to tackle Boko Haram decisively.
He said: “This issue should be seen as a declaration of war on the nation.
“We should be concerned about the wanton daily killings of innocent citizens.
“There is no substitute for peace, which we must all strive to achieve.
“Those who don’t have respect for human lives should not be treated with kid’s gloves.
“ I pray God will grant our leaders wisdom and good counsel, especially when taking decisions that affect us.
“Political office holders should promote dialogue for the maintenance of peace and stability in our society.
“NIREC should address issues that affect the adherents of the two major religions. We can achieve peace through dialogue.”
NIREC co-Chairman and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said: “There is no problem between Islam and Christianity, but between Christians and Muslims.
“It is an issue that has been blown out of proportion. We need to discuss them passionately and proffer solutions to them.
“There is no problem dialogue cannot resolve, even wars were fought to keep peace.” (nations online)