‘Religion Leaders Contributed To The Escalation Of Boko Haram’

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III
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From Tom Garba, Yola
The Catholic Chaplain of 23 Armoured Brigade of Gibson Jalo Cantonment Yola, Rev Father Captain Mike Nwafor, has alleged that religion leaders contributed to escalation of Boko Haram menace in the country.
Nwafor stated this in Yola during a two-day sensitisation programme organised by Chief of Army Staff, Lit Gen. T Y Buratai, in the three states most ravaged by insurgents.
Father Nwafor, who is one of the resource persons, spoke on a topic, “Love your neighbour as yourself and Religion and sanctity of human life.”
He blamed the religion leaders for deviating from the true teachings and concentrated on materialistic and soothsaying sermons for self-enrichment.
Nwafor added that extremists succeeded in teaching the wrong doctrines of the two religion in the country because Pastors and Imams were not preaching the true teachings enshrined in the two dominant religions in Nigeria.
The Reverend Father narrated how he had a harmonious relationship as a child in Biu Northern Nigeria, where he enjoyed both Sallah and Christmas celebration with Moslems without any hatred and sentiments.
“Something went wrong in our society, and I blame all the leaders of the two faiths for not doing justice to what is recorded in the two Holy Books,” Nwafor said.
Representative of Chief of Army staff, Col. V.O. Olatunji called for synergy among the two faiths professing to help wade off Boko Haram in the country.
Olatunji added that the Nigerian Military were on a mission to ensure peace return to the Northern part of Nigeria through the help of civilian organizations.

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