Catholic Bishop makes shocking Boko Haram revelations

By Amako Nneji November 30, 2015 11:24

Catholic Bishop makes shocking Boko Haram revelations

Following the dramatic abduction of an unspecified number of teenage girls on the early hours of Sunday November 29, 2015 by insurgents in Borno State, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has accused some northern Islamic elites masterminding Boko Haram terrorism.

Kukah who spoke  on “the Muslim agenda for Nigeria: challenges of development and good governance” at a conference in Osogbo, decried that  the fresh agitation for an Islamic state by Boko Haram could be traced to the promise made by northern leaders to ensure the total implementation of Sharia law.

The abduction took place at Bam village in Biu Local Government Area, about seven kilometres from Buratai village, hometown of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Tukur Buratai,

Boko Haram has abducted hundreds of women and girls since the insurgency started in 2009 including over 200 girls last year from their secondary school in Chibok.

The act has attracted global attention and outrage. Since their abduction 20 months ago, the 219 Chiboks girls have still not been found despite Buhari’s promise to rescue them alive.

Kukah lamented “A hypocritical elite continues to believe that it can claim the benefits of democracy but use it only to consolidate its hold on power. This is what has laid the foundation for what is now Boko Haram.

    “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.

“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?

“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.

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

The Catholic cleric urged northern leaders to stop pretending as if they did not know the root cause of Boko Haram.

He said they should ask themselves why Boko Haram was “headquartered” in the North and not in other zones of the country.

Meanwhile, the renewed Boko Haram abduction has cast doubt on Buhari’s claim that the insurgents will be defeated on or beforeDecember 31, 2015.

See: Focus on delivering good governance – Bishop Kukah to Buhari