Christians and Muslims in Nigeria have commenced a dialogue that will reduce the activities of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
At the forum of Christian/Muslim interactive conference in Abuja, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, attributed the increase in the activities of Boko Haram Islamic sect to insincerity and untruthfulness on the part of most Nigerians.
He said, Nigeria would be a better place for all, if people eschew bitterness and refrain from sacrificing truth on the altar of politics.
His comments came on the heels of another attack in Borno State, during which a soldier and 74 other persons were killed.
Apart from the 51 recorded deaths, 16 others, including policemen and traders, were injured while 300 houses were set ablaze by the insurgents in Kawuri, Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
Another set of the Boko Haram fighters, armed with guns and explosives, had earlier on Sunday killed 22 people at a church service in Waga Chakawa, Adamawa State.
Oritsejafor said, “It is my firm belief that Nigeria can be great if the over 160 million of us resolve to be one another’s keeper and ready at all times to tell each other the truth in love under any circumstance. In my opinion, this is the single ingredient mostly lacking in our national life; because everyone wants to be politically correct, we constantly sacrifice the truth.”
The CAN President explained that the situation in the country had reached an alarming state because the people, who were in the position to say things as they were often failed to do so because they loved to be applauded.
Meanwhile, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, on Wednesday raised the alarm over the influx of people to the state to seek refuge.
This action followed the war against the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the North East states.
He said the population explosion, which had risen from three million to about four million, was causing the state a lot difficulties in the provision of adequate healthcare facilities and security.
According to him, the state is currently “overwhelmed by the rush in the treatment of infectious diseases from people from outside Gombe State.”