by ‘Jola Sotubo
The menace of terrorist group, Boko Haram is one that has haunted Nigerians for a number of years now.
Despite seemingly fervent efforts by security troops and the Federal Government to put an end to the activities of the sect, they have continued to claim innocent lives.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor has offered an insight into the reason why the Boko Haram rampage continues.
Pastor Oritsejafor has said that terrorism continues to thrive in Nigeria because some citizens of the country refuse to tell the truth.
Nigerian Eye reports:
Oritsejafor spoke in Abuja during a forum of Christian/Muslim interactive conference.
He noted that Nigeria would be a better place, if people could eschew bitterness and eschew sacrificing truth on the altar of politics.
His words: “It is my firm belief that Nigeria can be great if the over 160million of us resolve to be one another’s keeper and ready at all times to tell one another the truth.
“In my opinion, this is the single ingredient mostly lacking in our national life. Because everyone wants to be politically correct, we constantly sacrifice truth.”
The CAN President explained that the situation in the country had reached an alarming state because the people who are in position to say things as they are often fail to do so because they love to be applauded.
He said: “Because we want people to applaud us, be acceptable, we run away from saying the truth even though we are convinced in the recess of our minds that it is the way to go.
“At the end of the day, we are all the losers. Lies will never exalt a nation. If Nigeria must be on the path of greatness again, truth must be the foundation.”
According to Oritsejafor, the Muslim-Christian dialogue was coming at the right time as “its fruits have the capacity to set an agenda for achieving the desired unity, peaceful and mutual respect for one another.”
One of the facilitators, Alhaji Abdul Ahmed, said the onus lies with the religious leaders to end the loss of lives and wanton disruption of property in some parts of Northern states.
He said at the centre of the festering crisis was the failure of the people to freely interact and find a common ground on some of the issues threatening the country.