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24 May 2017

Church Leaders Inciting Their Church Members To Kill Should Be Arrested -- Archbishop.

Cardinal and Catholic archbishop of Abuja,John Onaiyekan says those who incite
church members from their pulpits should be arrested.

Onaiyekan said this while speaking at a workshop on ‘Preventing Violent Extremism in
Nigeria’, organised by Club De Madrid in collaboration with the office of the national
security adviser (ONSA) on Tuesday.

The cardinal said religious leaders were not
untouchable in the face of the law.

“There is enough in the law in Nigeria to curb reckless speaking, if somebody stands up on his pulpit in church and start inciting his members
to go and kill others, he has committed a crime under the Nigerian Law, he should be arrested, which is not happening,” Onaiyekan said.

“They would say if you touch religious leaders
there would be backlash. Let the backlash come for goodness sake, so that we can get
out of all this mess.”
On his part, Yem Musa, coordinator of the counter-terrorism centre (CTC), ONSA, said by
naming the insurgents Boko Haram, Nigerians
refused to give legitimacy to the group.

He said due to experience in violent terrorism
they were improving on the way the CTC works.
“The threat that Nigeria faces from violent extremism today is by a group which has
proven its capacity to evolve, adapt and extend
its network both within Nigeria and abroad,”
Musa said.

“We should note is derogatory and that is why
in several online messages, the group tried hard
to distance itself from a name, it has come to
hate. In naming the group Boko Haram, Nigerians refused to offer the group legitimacy.

“As a result of our experience with violent
extremism, we are changing how we work. New
institutions are being created, new expertise
being developed.
“We have revised our National Security Strategy
and developed a National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) which has set out our short and long term strategic goals in the fight
against terrorism as well as defined the roles
and responsibilities of our Ministries,Departments and Agencies.
“The Counter Terrorism Centre is charged with
the responsibility of coordinating activities under the NACTEST.”

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