Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Senator identifies 13 factors responsible for Boko Haram

Senator Shehu Sani sensationally listed 13 factors responsible for the growth of Boko Haram in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

Sani, who represents Kaduna Central in the Eighth Senate, said this when he received a delegation of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in his Kaduna office yesterday.

“I have been able to identify 13 factors that have seriously contributed to 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.

“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.
“The second is the disconnect between government and the governed. The growing gap between the leader and the led has created a vacuum..

“The third factor is the prevalence of social and economic injustices.
“The fourth factor is the global terror epidemic – terror contagion. Terrorism in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, in Africa spreads its cancerous effect destroying lives and property.
“The fifth factor is the collapse of public education. Normal schools that should have provided meaningful education to our children have collapsed.

“As the seventh factor, we have the proliferation of arms and unguarded boarders. It has become easy for arms to move around our country, so accessible that our borders are porous and as such extremists find it easier to pick up guns and ammunition to fight.

“The eighth factor is the under-development of the North by previous administrations.”
Senator Sani also identified human rights abuse and extra-judicial killings as likely factors.

“The ninth factor is human right abuses and extra-judicial killings. This is another very important factor…The root cause of this insurgency was triggered by the killing of a leader out of the confines of the law and since then, we never knew peace.

“Economic collapse of the North is the tenth. Most of our industries have closed down. Our economy is as arid as our weather. “As eleventh factor, we can also say that capitalism breeds terrorism.

The first-term Senator also identified lack of unity and ethnic crisis in the North as the twelfth factor.
The thirteenth factor, he said, is “the distortion of religious realities. The facts is this is the seed of terrorism. That is where the seed is. If you are a preacher and you distort the teachings of religion and bring something that is not supposed to be there, you are creating a monster.

“Therefore, for us to win the war against insurgency, we must break the wall of fear. Our religious clerics should choose the option of either engaging the insurgents or confronting them.

The battle against insurgency is the battle for the soul of Islam, for the soul of the North and for the soul of Nigeria…” Earlier, the MSSN President, Kaduna State Area Unit, Salihu Bindawa, decried ban of Hijab in public places and in schools.


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