The Coalition of Muslim Clerics in Nigeria (CMCN) has appealed to the northern state governments to face the reality and stop pretending that Boko Haram was a faceless group.
The clerics have also called on members of the Boko Haram sect to disarm, embrace peace and leverage on President Goodluck Jonathan’s offer to dialogue with them to end the current security challenges in the country.
This was contained in a communiqué issued after its inaugural meeting held in Kaduna on Saturday, jointly signed by its coordinator, Dr. Ramalam Muhammad and secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Abdulaziz.
It noted that the various attacks unleashed by the sect had claimed several lives of both Muslims and Christians and said it was high time northern governors networked to handle the crisis head long, as no meaningful development could be achieved with this threat to nationhood.
The coalition in the communiqué also condemned in totality, the wanton loss of innocent souls and property worth billions of naira since the siege gathered momentum, and called on the nation’s security agencies to save the country from imminent civil strife.
The Coalition which consists of executives of six Muslim faith groups namely; fityanul Islam; Nigeria Aid Group of Jundullahi; Shababu Rasulliilahi; Northern Muslim Clerics Forum; Islamic Youth League of Nigeria and Muslim Preachers’ Forum, also called on traditional rulers and elder statesmen from the northern part of the country to actively involve themselves in the peace initiative of the federal government.