The Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA), Alhaji Lateef Adegbite, has urged the Federal Government to meet with the leadership of the Boko Haram, an organisation that has been launching violent attacks on state institutions and personalities.
Comparing the Jihadists with the Niger Delta militants, Alhaji Adegbite told the Nigerian Compass newspaper, that such a meeting would help the government understand the ” motives and grievances” of the group.
It is amazing that the highly placed officer of Islam would claim ignorance of the well stated “motives and grievances” of Boko Haram – which they never fail to clearly state with each killing they carry out. Unlike the Niger Delta militants who are asking for schools, hospitals, jobs and better conditions of living, Boko Haram militants are demanding, on the authority of Islamic scriptures, that western education, facilities, rule of law, etc are “haram” and must be done away with as the condition for peace! They further consider being killed for such a demand is about the only guarantee of a blissful after-life for them, rewarded with 72 virgins for each man!
The top echelon of Boko Haram has to be firmly dealt with. Expecting a peaceful resolution with them would be like requesting the United States to discuss with Osama bin Laden to understand Al Qaeda’s “motives and grievances”.