Why Boko Haram was unleashed on Nigeria —Soyinka •Says Islam not in danger

Posted by News Express | 12 July 2014 | 4,395 times

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Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has described Boko Haram as a creation of politicians birthed as a strategy to grab power.  

Speaking on the programme Talk to Al Jazeera, Soyinka said: “Those who unleashed Boko Haram on the nation are not poverty stricken. They are politicians . . . desperate for power, intelligent enough or perceptive enough to recognise that the cocktail of politics and religious fundamentalism can only yield them dividends. They think they have nothing to lose. But the foot soldiers have been indoctrinated for years, from childhood. And they believe that their religion [Islam] is in danger.”

Projecting into the future of Islam, Soyinka, who turns 80 this week, said: “Islam is not in danger. It is the pervert followers who are being used and who use others and proclaim that they are fighting for Islam . . .

“Look at the histories of the world: Boko Haram, if not contained and eradicated, will be found in the heart of Lagos before you know it.”

•Photo shows Prof. Wole Soyinka.

Source: News Express

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