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Boko Haram: Northern Christian Elders Demand Joint Actions

Worried at the escalating spate of needless bloodletting in some parts of North Eastern states of the country, the Christian Elders’ Forum of northern states has canvassed joint actions of all Nigerians to stop the bloody onslaught which has claimed over 2,000 lives in the last six months.
 
 
Chairman of the group, Elder Olaiya Phillips, in a public statement issued in Abuja at the weekend, lamented the alarming increase in the violent attacks by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. Particularly, the recent killing of about 60 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, further heightens concern about the insurgency, the group noted.
 
 
Titled: ‘If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will be Next’, Olaiya, in the statement, bemoaned a seeming invincibility of the insurgents. He however expressed belief that concerted efforts of all Nigerians coupled with intensive prayers, regardless of their religious persuasions, would ultimately earn the nation total victory. “We know only too well the many horrendous crimes committed against the Christian community in Northern Nigeria, and also of the crimes committed against our Moslem neighbours by the same people.
 
 
“It upsets me to highlight that the innocents of Buni Yadi were not the first (set of) children whose lives have been cut short at the hands of these terrorists. And the soul-destroying fact is that, judging by the present security situation in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, they might not be the last. Boko Haram is sucking lifeblood from our nation. A generation that ought to take our nation forward to a better future is being cut down and taken away from us.”
 
 
Drawing inspiration from the Spanish civil war in which the Republicans spurred the international community’s martial response, Olaiya stated that like what happened in 1936 in Madrid where many children were killed in the bombing of residential areas, “If you tolerate this, your children will be next.”
Meanwhile, Olaiya has expressed satisfaction at the recent exploits of the Joint Task Force (JTF), in which over 210 insurgents were reported killed in massive raids of their camps, with about 700 vehicles they were using for operations seized and several wounded Boko Haram members apprehended.
Caption:  Armed Boko Haram insurgents
Boko Haram: Northern Christian Elders Demand Joint Actions
Anayo Okolie
 
Worried at the escalating spate of needless bloodletting in some parts of North Eastern states of the country, the Christian Elders’ Forum of northern states has canvassed joint actions of all Nigerians to stop the bloody onslaught which has claimed over 2,000 lives in the last six months.
 
Chairman of the group, Elder Olaiya Phillips, in a public statement issued in Abuja at the weekend, lamented the alarming increase in the violent attacks by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. Particularly, the recent killing of about 60 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, further heightens concern about the insurgency, the group noted.
 
Titled: ‘If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will be Next’, Olaiya, in the statement, bemoaned a seeming invincibility of the insurgents. He however expressed belief that concerted efforts of all Nigerians coupled with intensive prayers, regardless of their religious persuasions, would ultimately earn the nation total victory. “We know only too well the many horrendous crimes committed against the Christian community in Northern Nigeria, and also of the crimes committed against our Moslem neighbours by the same people.
 
“It upsets me to highlight that the innocents of Buni Yadi were not the first (set of) children whose lives have been cut short at the hands of these terrorists. And the soul-destroying fact is that, judging by the present security situation in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, they might not be the last. Boko Haram is sucking lifeblood from our nation. A generation that ought to take our nation forward to a better future is being cut down and taken away from us.”
 
Drawing inspiration from the Spanish civil war in which the Republicans spurred the international community’s martial response, Olaiya stated that like what happened in 1936 in Madrid where many children were killed in the bombing of residential areas, “If you tolerate this, your children will be next.”
Meanwhile, Olaiya has expressed satisfaction at the recent exploits of the Joint Task Force (JTF), in which over 210 insurgents were reported killed in massive raids of their camps, with about 700 vehicles they were using for operations seized and several wounded Boko Haram members apprehended.

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