Pastor Oritsejafor Identifies Three Muslim Groups that can Broker Truce with Boko Haram
National President of Christian Association, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has said there are three Muslim groups in the country that can broker peace with the Boko Haram Terrorist group.
Speaking after receiving an award from the Bible Society of Nigeria, Oritsejafor said the three Muslim groups should use the period of the ongoing Ramadan to engage the group.
The three groups which Oritsejafor said should engage the insurgents to bring about the unity and peace that our founding fathers fought for are the Muslim clerics, Muslim traditional rulers, and Muslim political leaders.
According to him, Ramadan is one of the pillars of the Islamic faith, and “I want to believe that it is a season that they value so much. And if they value it, then we also value it with them. I think it is a good time for us to make a passionate appeal to them in love.
”We cannot be against them. They are our brothers. We must work together to make this nation great. We must work together. We don’t have a choice, God put us here together. But at the same time, one of the things that we must do in Nigeria is to tell the truth no matter how painful it sounds. Truth is always the best. The bible says you can’t work against the truth, you can only work for the truth. And what is the truth?
”Boko Haram is an ideology; look at what has happened in Iraq, now an Islamic state has been declared. That is exactly what a lot of these groups are doing all over the world. That’s their aim. This is the first one they have come out to actualize. And that is the aim of Boko Haram, to declare an Islamic state”.
That is why we are appealing that just telling us that they are not Muslims is not good enough because it is the Quran they use, they quote it all the time. So you have to match it with a superior ideology of argument. It has been taken to an intellectual level and, from what I hear, they love to discuss the Quran, they love to discuss the doctrines in the Quran. I don’t know anything about the Quran, they won’t listen to me.
“So we are appealing to Muslim clerics, Muslim traditional rulers, and Muslim political leaders. These three groups should come together and look at all these doctrines and pick amongst them those that these boys respect because they know them and still respect some of them. Pick them and send them to these people so that they can sit with them and openly, prayerfully, by superior argument begin to change their mind.”
”I met a group in Abuja who were sharing something with me, they said that there’s one Muslim leader, he’s late now, that when Muhammed Yusuf was still the leader, he sent for him and he came to meet him in Kaduna and he was asking him saying ‘which is the Haram? Is it the language? Are you saying now that other languages are inferior to Kanuri because you are Kanuri?’
He said, ‘what about the SUV you drove to me meet here, is that Haram? What about the gold wristwatch you are wearing, is that Haram?’ And he began to show him some of these things. According to what they told me, they said when he finished, he begged the cleric saying ‘I’m so sorry, please forgive me. I will go back and try and convince my people’.
”Obviously, Yusuf didn’t succeed in convincing his Boko Haram members but you can see that by superior argument, the Muslim leader was able to calm him down. I believe that there are those of them who can do it. If they do that, we will be heading towards solution to this problem.”
He maintained that but for God, and the gallant Nigerian military, they would have done it in Borno State. “They would have declared Borno an Islamic state by now and from there it will be a base to launch out. But somehow they’ve not been able to do it and that’s the annoyance that they have because that’s what they want to do”, the CAN leader said.
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