Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 June 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna Reprisal Attacks Call for Concern, Says Bishop Idowu-Fearon

Kaduna — The manner with which Christian youths rose to retaliate the bombing of churches in Kaduna State penultimate Sunday calls for concern by all, Bishop of Kaduna Anglican Diocese, Josiah Idowu-Fearon said yesterday. Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust, the bishop said the reprisal attacks were unnecessary, and urged people of the state to bury their differences and embrace peace.

"The Muslim leadership in the country have on several occasions dissociated themselves from the Boko Haram and their actions. The Sultan has spoken, JNI and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs have also done same.

The sect, on its part, has dissociated themselves from the Muslim leaders. This shows that they are on their own. Members of the sect are on their own and they are not representing Muslims in the country. The reprisal attack is what the sect wanted and they have gotten it in Kaduna.

"People of Kaduna State must believe in one another and join hands to fight a common enemy. As long as we continue to suspect one another, we will never have peace. If members of the Boko Haram sect are against the government, let them attack the politicians or those in government and not churches or innocent persons.

And the Christian youths who carried out the reprisal attacks on their part should leave innocent persons alone and go after members of the sect," he said.

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