Rivers Muslims disagree with Christians over comments on Boko Haram killings

By Brave Dickson

As most Christians continue to view Boko Haram killings as an Islamic agenda to erase Christians in the country, the Muslim community in Rivers State has come out strong to debunk it.

Recent of such comments was the killing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi where a lot of Christians had described the killing as one too many on only Christians.

While condemning the gruesome killing of Rev Andimi by Boko Haram insurgents, some Muslims felt it was time to break the silence and put the records straight.

In their reaction, the state Islamic Leader and Vice President-General of the Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor told our correspondent that: “It will be tragic to portray the murder of Rev Andimi as Muslims attack on Christians.

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“This is because the insurgents themselves are neither Muslims nor representing Islam as they (the terrorists) have been killing Muslims at will too.

“We condole with the family of the slain chairman and the CAN community while urging the military and other security agencies to go after the murderers.

“The heinous killing of Rev Andimi even after the ransom was said to have been offered to them, was yet another proof that the blood-thirsty Boko Haram demons and their foreign backers are hell-bent on ensuring the disintegration of the country by unleashing inter-ethnic and inter-religious upheaval in the country.

“We also call on Muslims and Christians to recognize the dangerous intention of the insurgents and their foreign backers and close ranks to thwart them.”

Alhaji Uhor also called for an end to police brutality on innocent citizens in the state as he sympathised with the loved ones of an auto mechanic, Mr Chima who was allegedly killed in police custody recently.