A Nigerian bishop has accused northern Nigerian leaders of paving the way for Boko Haram.
At a conference organised by the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University in Osogbo, Osun State, the Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, said “a hypocritical elite … laid the foundation for what is now Boko Haram”.
He added that Islam needed to have “an honest look at the mirror and an internal discussion” because the promise to institute Sharia has become “the most potent tool for political mobilisation and organisation”.
“Now, I hear Muslims in northern Nigeria hiding under the cover of the facts by saying: ‘These Boko Haram people are not Muslims. They do not represent us’. Well, first, they are your own children. You must take responsibility for what has made them what they are today and to the rest of society,” he said.