Chris­tian elders urge proac­tive mea­sures on in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Kano

The Chris­tian Elders’ Fo­rum of North­ern States (NOSCEF) has asked the federal govern­ment to be more proac­tive in cur­tail­ing the Boko Haram in­sur­gency, say­ing Nigeria can­not be bro­ken by in­sur­gents.

The chair­man and na­tional sec­re­tary of the fo­rum, Olaiya Phillips and Em­manuel Su­bilim, said in state­ment that at­tacks by the in­sur­gents lack com­pre­hen­si­ble logic.

“If the thou­sands of in­no­cent civil­ians killed al­ready this year are not ev­i­dence enough of Boko Haram’s im­moral dis­re­gard for the sanc­tity of hu­man life, last weekend and Mon­day’s atroc­i­ties can leave no room for doubt. They have at­tacked Chris­tians and Mus­lims in­dis­crim­i­nately in their quest to im­pose a rad­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of their re­li­gion. They have killed teach­ers and stu­dents in their pur­suit to pre­vent north­ern Nige­ri­ans from ed­u­cat­ing them­selves. They have at­tacked men and women, old and young. We are in­censed by the cal­lous ac­tions of Boko Haram and their crim­i­nal af­fil­i­ates for ev­ery sin­gle at­tack that they have com­mit­ted, for ev­ery sin­gle life they have taken and for ev­ery fam­ily they have tried to break. Nigeria will not be bro­ken,” they said.

While con­sol­ing fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of Mon­day’s blast in Abuja, the fo­rum com­mended se­cu­rity forces in their ef­fort to rid the coun­try of in­sur­gents.

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