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Military tactics cannot stop Boko Haram – Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John
Onaiyekan, at the weekend advised that there must
be somebody who can talk to Boko Haram
militants, saying only military strategy cannot end
the crisis.

The Catholic Archbishop advised that all hands
must be on deck to deal with the situation as
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government
cannot do it alone.

The former President of the Christian Association
of Nigeria (CAN), who spoke in Abuja at the 2015
Catholic Television of Nigeria (CTV) dinner with the
cardinal said, “I noticed that since we have been
taking security very seriously live has been made
extremely difficult for everybody.”

He urged Nigerians to continue praying for
possible solution, saying God can do all things.

He continued: “What happened in Mali can happen
here. We do not need people to cause this kind of
great calamity. The question is how do you create
a situation where such things don’t happen? It is
not easy but you can do all you can to put security
apparatus around but you cannot do it in such a
way that no bad people will move around.

“As a spiritual leader, the solution is first we should
pray because God can do everything. Secondly we
should look into our religious messages, because
many of these terrorists are also calling the name
of some religion, calling the name of God. But we
must find a way of letting them (Boko Haram
members) know that this is not what God wants.

“I personally do not know how to achieve this but I
believe that a lot still needs to be done. When you
(government) reply fire for fire I am afraid it does
not solve the problem. So apart from military
tactics there is need for more effort as political
discussion, reaching out to people. Even the
terrorists are human being born of a woman with

“I am sure somebody somewhere can talk to

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