Christian and Muslims across Nigeria have stood united in condemning Boko Haram’s latest attack in northern Nigeria. The group is suspected to be behind attacks on mosques in northern Nigeria where moderate imam’s preached against the group’s radical ideals. Christians, who have often found themselves Boko Haram’s main targets in northern Nigeria, stood with Muslims in condemning this attack stating that religious extremism is not acceptable in Nigerian society.
8/15/2013 Nigeria (Nigerian Tribune) – International concern about the recent attack on a mosque in Borno State by suspected terrorists is rising as the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and the US-based Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) has condemned the killing, Empowered Newswire reported yesterday in New York.
US media reports and some observers have said that this is the first attack suspected to have been masterminded by Boko Haram against a mosque in the ongoing terrorism attacks being perpetrated by the group.
But the statement released by the Office of UN spokesperson did not use the word terrorism, it said the “Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent violent attacks that have killed scores of civilians in the localities of Mafa and Kondugo in Borno State, including dozens of worshippers reported to have been shot to death while praying inside a mosque.”
The statement added that the UN Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and called on all extremist groups to cease their attacks, while reiterating “his firm conviction that no objective can be attained through such violence.”
The UN leader then called “on all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and other peaceful means.”
In a similar vein, CANAN with its secretariat based in New York condemned the attack, recalling that the association has been in the forefront of raising international awareness against Boko Haram’s terror, not only because the group targeted Christians, but because “the killing of any innocent human being diminishes every human being.”
According to CANAN’s statement signed by its Executive Director, Pastor Laolu Akande, “CANAN will continue to advocate for the designation of Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO), here in the US, and we shall continue to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speedily complete its investigation into these crimes against humanity going on in Nigeria with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.”
Meanwhile, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has again, condemned the latest killings in Borno State. The organisation called for immediate investigation by government so as to bring an end to repeated acts of terror in the country.