PRESIDENT, Chirstian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has said the association reject the views of the American govern-ment as expressed by its Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mr Johnnie Carson, on Boko Haram.
CAN, in a press release made available to the Nigerian Tribune, said it rejected the reason being pedlled by the American government and some Boko Haram apologists in the North that poverty and injustice was the spark for the action of the sect members.
Insisting that Boko Haram was a product of extreme religious ideology, CAN said the kind of arms and ammunition in the hands of the sect could only be purchased by those with heavy financial power.
“A fair comparison of any other region with the North shows that the section of the North referred to by Carson has been the greatest bene-ficiary of the project called Nigeria.
“The north has been in leadership for the greater part of Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee and its greatest annoyance seems to be the displacement from this position, because this same section of the region believes that they are born to rule,” the release said.
”While there are some valid points made by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, about poverty being a causative factor for the rise of Boko Haram, what needs to be understood is that the poverty of those behind Boko Haram (and it is doubtful that they are poor) is not caused by any injustice in Nigeria’s revenue formula. In Carson’s U.S. the oil that is found in Texas and Alaska belongs to Texas and Alaska. The people of New York cannot begin to feel cheated because they are not getting enough of Texas and Alaska’s oil wealth. What the people of New York can do is develop their own resources and if the people of New York decide to target Texas and Alaska using terrorism it becomes the responsibility of the U.S. Federal Govt to step in and deal with the terrorist. In Nigeria the sitaution cannot be different”. – Pat Utomi
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