29th December, 2011
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: â€œIslam is not in support of massacre, genocide or killing of innocent people unjustlyâ€.
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.
â€œI 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,â€ he said.
He further remarked that although Boko Haram means â€œWestern Education is prohibitedâ€, members of the sect might have had formal education, to be knowledgeable about bombs and arms and ammunition.
â€œFor them to have gone to the extent of producing bombs, grenades and other destructive elements, then they must be knowledgeable enough,â€™â€™ he said.
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: â€œWe must keep emphasising the fact that no religion in the world supports the killing of innocent people.â€
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.
â€œThe government needs to check-mate this menace which is fast spreading in the country, by improving our security system,â€ he told NAN.
Also, Mr Amaechi Kanayo of Chapel of Transfiguration Church, Ikorodu, expressed sadness that innocent citizens were being killed â€œwhile in act of worship.
â€œThe perpetrators of such an act should be brought to bookâ€.