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Published On: Mon, Jul 7th, 2014

Ramadan: Tukur begs Boko Haram to cease fire

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BAmanga TukurBy Lawrence Olaoye

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Ambassador-at-Large, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday called on the Boko Haram insurgents to seize the opportunity provided by the month of Ramadan to sheath the swords and embrace peace.

Tukur, while receiving some Islamic clerics who paid him a visit at his residence yesterday. said the killing of innocent citizens by the insurgents can never please God as a means of promoting the religion of Islam.

 He said the best way to propagate Islamic religion in line with practice by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) was through peace, good neighbourliness and human dignity

According to him,no one, not even the insurgents had benefitted anything for what he described as mindless and barbaric killing of innocent citizens of the country.

He said those behind the killings have only been portraying themselves as bad representatives of Islam.

He told the Clerics led by Uztaz Abdulrahman Yelwa, based in Minna, Niger state, that it was time Muslims across the country began to rise in unison to chant down the activities of terrorism in Nigeria.

He said, “Islam according to the Holy Qur’an is a religion of peace. We can only propagate the religion through committed evangelism to unbelievers as demonstrated by the great prophets who served Allah diligently and truthfully.

“I appeal to our brothers who are aggrieved to stop killing in the name of Islam. Their sponsors too should avoid Allah’s judgment on the last day on the raging art of killing. It is not too late for them to sheath swords. This is the month of Ramadan; the killings must stop from now.

Tukur reminded the insurgents of several appeals to them by President Goodluck Jonathan for dialogue, calling on the leaders to seize the opportunities of the season to open a channel of communication with the Nigerian government without delay.

He said, “We have all been eager for dialogue with them. I have personally been emphasising that dialogue can end the spate of insurgency in this country if allowed to happen. I think the ball is now in the court of the aggrieved insurgents to take the initiative, and the government will be there as always.

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