Islam Gets Bad Name Because Of Boko Haram – Bishop Wale Oke

The Presiding Bishop, Sword of the Spirit Ministries has said current abduction of Chibok schoolgirls has proved to the whole world that Emirs, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and Moslem political leaders in the North are behind the Boko Haram and that the Boko Haram deeds have given Islam a bad name.

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Bishop Wale Oke who is a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the church has put the whole incident that led to the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls at the doorstep of the Sultan and other Islamic leaders in the North.

He described the annoying purported conversion of the Christian girls as totally unacceptable to Christians in the country. Bishop Oke advised Nigerian leaders to stop saying that the criminal activities of the Islamic fundamentalists were political while blood of innocent Christians is shed on daily basis.

The bishop stated that as the Northern elders are known to have control over their younger ones, they should listen to the elders.

He continued: “People are playing politics with the blood of Christians. This is Islamic Jihad. Let the Sultan of Sokoto call all Emirs and other Islamic leaders to bring out these Boko Haram boys. Let them stop deceiving Nigerians.

“Governor Shettima said he knew where those Boko Haram insurgents are. Where was he when security agents were combing everywhere for these insurgents? We put all the issues on Boko Haram at the doorstep of the Sultan of Sokoto. Let him know that this is what the church is saying.

“The position of Christian Association on it has been very clear that it is a religious war. Emirs should genuinely withdraw their tacit support for Boko Haram.”

According to bishop Oke, Islam is a religion of peace and no one who is supporting Islam should abduct innocent girls and convert them to Islam by force.

“The activities of the Boko Haram insurgents have been to discredit the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, but the sponsors of the group should know that the game is over because Nigerians are no fools,” he said.

He expressed disappointment with some Northern leaders who allegedly wanted to show to the world that President Goodluck Jonathan is not capable of governing this nation.

According to him, when late Umaru Yar’Adua was there as the president, Christians supported him and never made the country ungovernable for him. “Why are they doing this to our own. They should know that nobody can islamise Nigeria. We won’t accept it,” he added.

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