As global attention is focused on the ongoing insurgency perpetuated by members of the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday in Abuja accused the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and the sect of initiating and sponsoring attempts to destabilize and Islamize Nigeria.
Speaking at the conference, CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said the plans by the perpetrators of terrorism and insurgency was to replicate what is currently happening in Iraq, with the creation of an Islamic caliphate by extremists in Nigeria.
“I heard the other day, somebody said we don’t knows what Boko Haram wants, I don’t know what people mean by that, how can you be telling me you don’t know what they want.
“Right from the beginning, starting with their name, their real name said that they are propagating the message of the prophet and jihad, the last word in their name is jihad. They are out to establish an Islamic state. They have declared it more than a hundred times. That is what they are after.
“Look at what has just happened in Iraq, yesterday, a group has declared the caliphate an Islamic state, well, that is what most of these groups around the world want to do, what they want to do is to establish an Islamic state.”
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The full name of Boko Haram is “Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad”