August 26th, 2012
Barka Da Sallah to all our Moslem brothers
and sisters. I also say Salaam alekum: 'peace be unto you.
Either you are a Moslem or a Christian, we are all
Nigerians, not by choice but by God's design. Did God ask
any of us before we were born by our Nigerian parents?
Did God ask any of us if we would like to be a Nigerian? No,
we are all Nigerian not by our choice, but the choice of the
creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them.
However, the case of our religion is largely by our choice.
You do not even have to belong to any religion to be a
Nigerian. Do you?
As we all got older, we made choices, one of which is to
serve God as we like, in the way we have chosen.
For example, we have Christians and muslims in my town in
Ondo State, and Christians were and are always in the
majority in the town, yet we always lived together peaceably
irrespective of our religious affiliation or convictions.
We learn to respect each other and discuss our commonest and
never our differences. Till this day even as grown ups we
still hold each other in high respect and work together to
improve the town. Our children live their lives and follow
our footsteps in whatever community we find ourselves. We
celebrate with each other and mourn our losses together till
I began my public service from a high position to make and
influence decisions with other Nigerians, representing
Nigeria with others Moslem or non-moslem alike,Religion was
never an issue to separates us, even at such high level,
everyone respected the other for what they worship. We often
asked muslems to pray for us every friday, and did the same
from us every Sunday.
We all accept that TERRORISM is alien to this country. I
never thought that a Nigerian could blow himself up for a
religious reason until we saw Boko Haram. At first their
hapless targets were Christians ,and non-muslims. But it has
now changed so much, that I am now of the opinion that
although they aimed at christians earlier, other more
sinister and fierce death merchants have taken over Borko
Haram to the shame and I hope embarrassment of their
supporters in the North.
It is therefore encouraging to hear the Moslem Leaders today
finally speaking out during this El Kir Biri condemning Boko
Haram activities and calling it un Islam. Iam now convinced
that there is a diference between the muslim in the North
and the ones in the south, especially around the South West
indigenous arears. The difference lies in the message
preached in the Mosques to the youth in these areas. The
preachers in the mosques in the north must change their
messages to focus on love and care and respect for their
fellow Nigerians. Love and care are the beacons of
Christiany and it must be respected by the muslims in the
north. The messages at all fora must change in order to
change the people, especially the youth.
The moslem leaders should do more than condemning these
young Moslems that had been mislead by some who claimed to
be more Islamic than the silent majority of Moslems in
Nigeria. Let your children learn from your homes, and in
your mosques the virtues of tolerance, and respect for
others' rights to life.This must target young people.
It is a pity that the political class in their quest to rule
Nigerians against our will, have chosen to deceive these
young Moslems. Since they can not rig elections or take
Government by force, now they use terrorism as a repraisal.
The political class had western education, suppressed all
these young men and women, and denied them education. Now
using them to kill because they claim the same western
education that made them is bad. The irony is that the
children of these politicians attend the best of western
education they claim to despise and now equip other poor
children they denied the education to terrorise innocent
This is why the Moslem Leaders must seek every opportunity
to reach out to all these moslem youth and tell them who
their real enemy is. Let them know the truth about who is
their real enemies, those who run their economy without
caring to provide any empowerment for them are their real
enemies. Those who fund and support them are their enemies.
If the founding fathers of this country were this selfish,
this political class today will never had become what they
It is time to know the truth, tell the truth and let the
truth set us free.
The victims of terrorism are first the boys that are
deceived to fight the perceived enemies and the perceived
enemies (innocent Nigerians) who are massacred in churches,
mosques and other public places.
We learnt in the news that Boko Haram went to BBC to
announce seize fire some days ago. I hope this shall be
pursued to a logical end. Let us seek their spokes person
and talk to ensure that Boko Haram can lay down their arms
permanently. It is time to talk to them. Let them know that
we believe they deserve a better life than they have now.
Tell them the truth, their greatest undoing are the Nothern
leaders. Splitting Nigeria will only put them into perpetual
bondage. We must all join hands to deliver the boys and
girls from the hand of their Political leaders. The stolen
wealth from our common wealth must be used to develop the
community and improve the lives of these children. The
Moslem leaders should expose these thieves now. Expose their
lies. Their share of the common wealth is stolen not in
Lagos, Not in Port Harcourt, Enugu or any southern capitals
or leaders but by their leaders there in the north.
Let us use this Sallah to change the messages in the north
to the youth and people , let us expose the thieves and let
us save Nigeria.