Bishop Mathew Kukah, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has accused the Nigerian Government of creating conditions which allow Boko Haram to succeed.
In his reaction to the beheading of ten (10) Christians by the dreaded Boko Haram in Nigeria, said principles of Christianity, which warn against retaliation is what is keeping Nigeria from plunging into another civil war.
The clergy likened the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to Boko Haram for using power to secure the supremacy of Islam in the country.
The Bishop said; The only difference between the
government of Nigeria and Boko Haram is that the members of Boko Haram are
holding a bomb.
The Buhari led administration are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence.
With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram.
They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.
If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism. If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme.He blames western leaders for not doing enough to end violent extremism in the country.
He further said; that western nations are not
doing well enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more
important than ordinary people.
Obviously, the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 per cent but they have deliberately not done enough.
Bishop Kukah said the only thing preventing Nigeria from being engulfed in a civil war was the peaceful tenets of Christianity.
Christians have every reason to feel insecure, also there is a general feeling of their marginalisation from the political process. If the principles of our religion were different, there would be a civil war by now.
It is the glory of our religion that this has kept the country from experiencing Civil War. It is difficult to preach peace in this perspective.