13 December 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Defence Chief, IGP Visit Maiduguri

Maiduguri — The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim yesterday challenged leadership of the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram to form a political party and press home their demands, instead of terrorizing people to accept their ideology.

On his part, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed D. Abubakar says more troops and equipment will be deployed to volatile zones in the northeast in order to stem the insecurity bedevilling the areas.

The duo made the remarks when they paid a courtesy call on Governor Kashim Shettima at the government house in Maiduguri.

They visited Borno to assess military formations and activities of the Joint Task Force (JTF).

The CDS said he made Maiduguri his first point of call after assuming duty in order to get clear picture on the spate of insecurity in the area.

He pointed out that no religion sanctions the killing of people and wondered why "few segment of the society will want to force their opinion on the entire populace."

"If you (Boko Haram) feel so strong about your opinion, that you must impose it on other people, then, form a political party," Ibrahim said.

He called on members of the Boko Haram to sheathe their sword and channel the resources they are using for suicide bombing to other useful ventures.

He said he had studied both the Qur'an and the Hadith and found out that there was nowhere where it is stated that you must impose your will on others. "The crusade of the sect is 100 percent sin as far as Islam is concerned. It is wrong to carry arms against innocent people and established authorities," he said.

The Inspector General of Police said the federal government will keep on evolving strategies that will ensure the security of lives and properties of the people.

While responding, Governor Shettima said the state is presently passing through turbulent period, but quickly added that as a responsible government, they are determined to find a lasting solution to the problem.

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