ICC Note: Nigerian senator Shehu Sani spoke Sunday to a group of Muslim students regarding the rise of Boko Haram. He has determined 13 factors which he believes are the reason for the emergence of the terrorist organization. Of the 13 factors, the first is likely the most important which is the manipulation of religion. In any ideology, religion, or issue, the distortion of its true intentions breed dangerous and evil seeds.
As is the case with Boko Haram according to the senator who realizes citizens of his country are no longer safe to gather in mosques, churches, or any where else. A group of people who systematically target Christian and now Muslim communities to further their reign of terror cannot be looked upon as anything but monsters.
Nigeria(All Africa)- The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, on Sunday identified 13 factors responsible for the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in North-East Nigeria.
Speaking when he received a delegation of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, in his Kaduna office, Mr. Sani described Boko Haram as a “demonic force” and a serious threat to the religion of Islam, Nigeria and humanity.
He said there was no better time than nowfor the MSSN to play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil the people, the region and the country.”Your relevance today is very much needed in terms of finding solutions to the challenges of our era and challenge ofour generation.”I have been able to identify 13 factors that have seriously contributed to pervasive insecurity and the wave of violence and bloodshed ignited and sustained by insurgency in the North-eastern part of Nigeria.
“We have reached a point in the North where we are not safe in the mosque, not safe in office, not safe in church and in any public gathering,” he said.
Enumerating the factors, Mr Sani identified manipulation of religion as firstmajor factor.”The first and very strong factor has to do with manipulation of religion. There is no doubt those who took up the part of extremism sow its seed from manipulating and distorting religious teachings.
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