More prominent Nigerians in the South West have condemned the attack on media houses by the Boko Haram calling on the federal government to nip the nefarious activities of the sect in the bud.
Those who condemned the act included Professor S.A Olagoke, the Spiritual head of Shafaudeen In Islam Worldwide, Dr. Olapade Agoro, the former presidential candidate of Nationa Action Council (NAC) and Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the governorship candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Oyo state.
Professor Olagoke said, “the attack on THIS Day Newspaper, the Sun and the Moment offices in Abuja and Kaduna is a demonstration of insecurity in the country. That the attack was carried out almost simultaneously in the two cities portends that the Boko Haram sect meant criminal business and the government should move from rhetoric but take the decisive action”.
Professor Olagoke was of the view that no matter the seriousness of any conflict or war, dialogue is always a panacea for peace, adding that, “President Jonathan should now take to dialogue before it is too late”.
Dr. Olapade Agoro in his usaual characteristic scolded the President for operating in rhetoric rather than taking a decisive action stressing that if he was a capable president, the issue of Boko Haram would have been a forgone conclusion.
The veteran politician said that he was ready to be involved in any dialogue with the group adding that as a spiritual leader too, he believed that nothing is impossible with God.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu blamed the problem of Boko Haram on corruption, ignorance, poverty and bad leadership pointing out that until those issues were addressed, the problem might linger on.
Reiterating that the Boko Haram members were no true Moslems but criminals as they attack Moslems added “taking arms against citizens violates a core principle of Islam which says killing one innocent person will be equated to killing humanity.”