We All Contributed In Creating Boko Haram Insurgency – Says Tinubu’s Running Mate, Shettima 

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Shettima: Northern ‘Ulamas’ are silent on Boko Haram’s Ideology because they get killed …Jaafar, Albani, Ibrahim Gomari were all killed for speaking, we need select and provide lifetime security to those who will talk 

 

The fight against Boko Haram cannot succeed unless leading Islamic scholars with mass followers come out of their silence to preach against the ideology from an intellectual perspective so as to change the narrative to discourage young men from being recruited by the sect, Governor Kashim Shettima whose State, Borno, has been at the centre of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents has said.

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The Governor however noted that notable Islamic scholars with the capacity to fight the ideology through preaching have maintained silence because they are afraid of being killed like many of their colleagues who were left exposed without security details despite preaching loud against the ideology and marked as enemies by the sect.

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Shettima made the observation on Thursday night when he delivered a paper titled, “Democracy and Security in Northeast, Nigeria – the case study of Borno” at a fellowship and award dinner organized by the national secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, during which he was awarded as Governor of the Year, 2014, at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja.

 

 

Changing the ideology of the Boko Haram will require intellectual roles by leading Islamic scholars with mass appeal. It is most disturbing to note that today in northern Nigeria, there is no single Islamic scholar that preaches against the Boko Haram ideology and the reason is because everyone is afraid. Leading scholars like Sheikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam and Sheikh Albani Zaria who vehemently preached against the ideology have been killed.

 

In Maiduguri, scholars like Sheikh Ibrahim Gomari, Malam Bashir Gomari and over 30 different scholars who were opposed to the Boko Haram ideology have all been killed.

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Today, the only group in the north that can speak against the sect are holders of public offices who have security men surrounding them. It is hugely important for us to identify Islamic scholars with the intellectual depth and mass followers to change the boko haram narrative so that we can save young souls from listening to the sect. We must support these scholars and provide them with maximum security for not only them but their families as much as public office holders are adequately protected.

 

These scholars will be performing very important national security assignments that are as important as those of any public office holder, no matter how highly placed” Shettima said in his prepared paper that was delivered by his Deputy, Zannah Umar Mustapha. The Governor, whose paper went memory lane to discuss the evolution of the sect in Borno blamed how it thrived blamed democratic institutions for failing to address the problem at the early stage. He also blamed leaders including himself for not rising up to the occasion.

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The Governor also balled journalists for unknowingly helping insurgents. “We all have roles to play in addressing the insurgency because we all contributed in the making whether by indifference; by directly fueling it; by failing to address it or by standing in the ways of those who make efforts to address the problems.

 

No active group is free from blame, from those of us who are political actors to even journalists. In exercising its freedom of expression and sharing of information, the media has had running battles with those in position of authority; security agencies in particular. DP BSF

 

 

Source: Nairaland

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