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Boko Haram Revolt To Hypocrisy Of Northern Muslim Elites- Kukah

Posted: Nov 24, 2015 at 8:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO.

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has hinged the origin of Boko Haram on the revolt to the hypocrisy of the Northern Muslim elites.

Bishop Kukah who gave the charge in Osogbo at the opening of the National Conference of the Islamic Welfare Foundation lamented that in Nigeria, politicians use their religions to divide the people for their selfish end.

He therefore urged politicians especially northern Muslim elite in the country to use religion as a tool for developing the country rather than being hypocritical in their approach.

The cleric said: “we must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed. They preached Sharia Law, but only for the poor.

“They (northern Muslim elites) preach a religion that encourages education, yet their own people are held in the bondage of ignorance. They came to power on the basis of a Democratic society, but they turned around and declared Sharia to generate a false consciousness among the poor.

“They did not wish to live by the same standards, so they decided to live their own Islam in the capitals of the world away from the prying eyes of their own people. Boko haram began as a revolt against this hypocrisy,” he added.

Speaking on the theme: “Thoughts on the Future of Religion in Nigeria’s Politics”, Bishop Kukah noted that Nigerian politicians have failed to use religion to manage its plural identities by seeing themselves as Christians and Muslims.

He said: “rather than focusing on our common citizenship, religious identities have become tools for war and death. They have become tools for access to political and economic power.”

These identities have now become markers that seem to determine where we shall be and how far we can grow in the society,” he added.

The cleric said it would be a great tragedy if Nigerians were unable to roll back the ugly misuse of religion.

Bishop Kukahwho said “we should see ourselves first as Nigerians because soldiers who are dying in the North East while trying to defeat Boko Haramist are Nigerians, not Muslims or Kanuris.

“We have a common identity as citizens of Nigeria, this is not a Christian country, it is not a Muslim country. There is no place here that belongs to Muslims or Christians, rich people or poor people.”

Also speaking on the theme: “Islam: Administration of Justice and Nigeria’s Development”, Alhaji Yusuf Ali (SAN) asked President Muhammodu Buhari find the reasons for the agitation of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

He said the federal government should ensure that the war against corruption is holistic, not selective and politically motivated.

He advised Nigerian lawyers to be dedicated to truth and their professional ethics.

Ali also advised government at all levels to ensure that the process of appointing judges should be more rigorous and transparent adding that “judges indicted for corruption and other unwholesome practices should bot only lose their appointment but must face trial for their misdeeds.”

While stressing that most judges would miss aljanat (heaven) charged the federal government to provide the judiciary with 21st century work tools to be able to deliver 21st century result.