Clerics Want Church Bombers Punished

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The Chief Imam of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Ikorodu Branch, Alhaji Abdul-Fatai Olutusin, has distanced Islam from the violence being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos, Olutusin noted that: “Islam is not in support of massacre, genocide or killing of innocent people unjustly”.

The Imam challenged the security operatives not to relent in ensuring that the perpetrators of the Christmas Day bombings and their sponsors are arrested and punished.

“I think some things are still hidden, because this people are not spirits and I believe that this issue should have been nipped in the bud,” he said.

He further remarked that although Boko Haram means “Western Education is prohibited”, members of the sect might have had formal education, to be knowledgeable about bombs and arms and ammunition.

“For them to have gone to the extent of producing bombs, grenades and other destructive elements, then they must be knowledgeable enough,’’ he said.

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The Imam advised both the government and various religious bodies to sensitise the public on the need for security awareness and peaceful society.

He said: “We must keep emphasising the fact that no religion in the world supports the killing of innocent people.”

In the same vein, Pastor Gabriel Owolagbon of Christ Apostolic Church, Chapel of Comfort, Ikorodu, called for an overhaul of the security system in the country.

“The government needs to check-mate this menace which is fast spreading in the country, by improving our security system,” he told NAN.

Also, Mr Amaechi Kanayo of Chapel of Transfiguration Church, Ikorodu, expressed sadness that innocent citizens were being killed “while in act of worship.

“The perpetrators of such an act should be brought to book”.