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Boko Haram was created by those who want to divide Nigeria along religious lines - Pastor Oritsejafo
| September 25, 2012
Speaking at a meeting of Niger-Delta Christian Leaders Forum in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria spoke about the origin of Boko Haram and dismissed claims that the group was created because of the poverty in the region. Pastor Oritsejafor said, “Boko Haram is a fundamentalist Islamic religious group created and sponsored by those who want to create political space for themselves and in the event of failure to achieve that, they seek to divide Nigeria along religious lines. “It is fuelled by extreme religious ideology and not poverty because they have not come out to tell us that they are killing people because they are poor. The leader of Boko Haram is from a very wealthy family background and even that young man who wanted to blow up an American airline is the son of one of the richest men in Nigeria. The claim by its sponsors and apologists that the fundamentalist group is created by poverty is false.” He added that the sponsors of Boko Haram control of a section of the media, so they are able to feed the public with “half-truths”. He also responded to the critics who say he is a fundamentalist and partisan leader, saying “I have never shot a gun before; I have never killed anybody before. I have never encouraged anybody to kill anybody before, but what I do is to identify the truth and respond to it because I am not afraid of trouble.”

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MUYIWA OMOTAYO    KANO, NIGERIA    October 11, 2012
omotayo you are mumu if you are a yoruba muslim do you know that you can never lead prayer in a mosque where the hausa are present, so you call this religion when boko haram are saying that you and your muslim scholar are fake muslim, you rather condeming their act, you dare tell the boko haram that you are a muslim, they will bomb you into the word of wisdom from man of GOD.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    September 26, 2012
Who will tell Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor that his statement is inflamatory? Who will tell him that the leading islamic scholars and leadership in Nigeria are opposed to Boko Haram's destructive activies? Niether the Sultanate in Sokoto nor the renowned Sheik Habibulah Adama in Morkaz Mosque Agege support Boko Haram. i advise him to revisit the gospel messages of Jesus Christ as outlined in Mathew, Chapters 5 - 12, and see whether they bear any resemblance to his present teachings.
Perhaps for clarity, let me add my position. I am not a muslim. I am not a Christian either. In fact, I have no religion. I am not a member of any political party. My religion and my political interest remains the pursuit of TRUTH. And I have not hesitated to write or say the truth whenever I have the chance to do so.
As CAN president, Mr. Oritsejafor should be moderate in his speech. If he knows of any sponsors of Boko Haram or their ring leader, let him mention the names of such ignoble people. Overgeneralisation that unidentified individuals were behind Boko Haram by a highly placed personality like him is definitely a misnormal at this stage of our national life.
God save Nigeria.
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