The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has urged the Federal Government to shun President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and forge ahead in its plan to grant amnesty to the Boko Haram group.
JNI stated this at a press conference on the state of the nation in Kaduna yesterday, saying that Oritsejafor and his like were bent on confusing the leadership of the country in its quest for national peace.
According to the apex Islamic body in the North, at a press conference addressed by its Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, “JNI has noticed with dismay the manner and language of argument from some quarters in the country over the seeming controversy being generated by the Federal Government’s proposal on amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents.
“While such controversy is legitimate and contribution to it is a right of every Nigerian, we feel that at a precarious time like this the basis of any contribution should be for the purpose of achieving peace and not to further aggravate the tension in the land.
“We are therefore, perplexed that while the call to grant amnesty to Boko Haram by the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI has received strong support of prominent Christians, such as Cardinal John Onaiykan, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Pastor Paul Unongo, to mention but few, the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and his cohorts are busy confusing the country’s leadership on the way out of the security challenges.
“However, if leaders’ utterances cannot ventilate the atmosphere for peace at a time when peace is most needed what else will guarantee peace? The unfortunate menace of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria is indeed, an accident beyond religion, which affects every Nigerian directly or indirectly and upon which no passing of bulk can be logical.
“We stand by the teachings of Islam, which cautions against making provoking statements in times of anger because it only leads to regret. We appeal to the Federal Government to proceed with its plans for amnesty as a potent way of restoring peace to Nigeria, without minding any distractive tendencies of some conservative elements who may be working towards selfish agenda.”
The Islamic body however, urged Muslims in the country to recognise the significance of prayers.