Boko Haram not a religious group

Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said yesterday that it was wrong for some Nigerians to associate Boko Haram with Islam or Christianity, saying that the sect was purely a terrorist organisation.

Mohammed, who is the National Chairman of Peoples Salvation Party said: “As far as I am concerned, Boko Haram is a terrorist group; it has nothing to do with Islam or Christianity. Let those who are ignorant stop associating it with any religion and face the reality on the ground.

“People should not bring religion into what should be done through proper leadership,” he added.

The former lawmaker, however, warned Nigerians against vilifying President Goodluck Jonathan over his decision not to use force against Boko Haram, pointing out that it was his discretion to use or not use force in any situation.

He said: “The President is exercising his power of discretion. It is within his power to or not deploy soldiers to crush Boko Haram or any other group that causes violence in the country”.

Mohammed maintained that the National Assembly should however remove the President for allegedly committing impeachable offences.

Asked to name the offences committed by the president, Mohammed said that the refusal to implement the budget as passed by the National Assembly and assented to by Jonathan as well as the misuse of the subsidy funds were some of the offences for which he should be removed.

Responding to Edwin Clark’s recent call for the arrest and prosecution of some northern leaders for not doing enough to checkmate Boko Haram, Mohammed asked Nigerians to ignore the antics of the Ijaw leader, as he was just trying to seek relevance from the administration and Nigerians.

“There is no need to dignify Clark with response. It is a pity that a government that wants to make progress can continue to rely on people like Clark,” Mohammed said.

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