Military tactics cannot stop Boko Haram – Onaiyekan

By 10:40 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 Comments

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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