Reactions by religious leaders
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Nigeria has been a the midst of a religious strife for years, between the mostly wealthy Christians in the South of the country, and the much poorer Muslim in the north. Any decent reaction by Christian faith leader should also denounce this social inequality!
If you know of any official reaction by Christian leaders, let us know!
- [02 May 2014] Missing Girls of Chobok, Nigeria: Why Christians Should Care….and Act.
- [10 May 2014] Pope Francis, via Twitter.
- [16 Nov. 2014] Don't Negotiate With Boko Haram - Pastor Oritsejafor.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Doors "Open Doors is a non-denominational mission supporting what the organization regards as persecuted Christians".
Thus it stands to reason that they would react to the Nigerian schoolgirls (mostly Christians) kidnapping (by Muslim fundamentalists).
Imam Shamsi Ali
Imam Shamsi Ali shared his thoughts on Boko Haram's "ignorant interpretation" of the Koran.
See this tweet:
Malala Yousafzai 1 is a Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. When interviewed by the BBC2, she said about the similarities between her own story and the abduction of the Nigerian schoolchildren:
I think the story is nearly the same because in Pakistan, where I was born, there were some terrorists who were misusing the Name of Islam and were saying that girls were not allowed to go to school and that education should be banned totally. I think the same is happening in Nigeria: some people are misuing the Name of Islam; they're abusing the Name of Islam and saying that girls are not allowed to go to school; it's not their right. That's why they are bombing schools, they're even killing girls. It's totally horrible. People can't imagine it in developed countries.
She had this message for the parents of the kidnapped Nigerian girls:
First of all, I feel very sad for these girls who are not yet back in their homes. I want to tell their parents that they should not lose hope because the international community and the government of Nigeria will soon take action. Also, we'll always be with these girls because this is like one family. These girls are my sisters and that's why I'm asking that my sisters should be protected. I also want to tell parents here in the developed countries, in the UK and USA: just imagine if it happens to your daughter, if it happens to your son, how would you feel? Let's consider this world like a family and let's care about each other. Also, in developing countries every child is going to school, and they don't even know that there are some countries where education is like a treasure: you have to struggle for it; you have to go for it. Even you go to school, you may be killed; your school has been blasted. I think it should be considered important; we should take it seriously and take action quickly.
About the extremist militants responsible for the abductions, she had to say:
I know that there are some militants who are misusing the name of Islam. They are saying that education is not allowed. But I would tell them: the Prophet &emdash; Peace Be Upon Him &emdash; He said that education is the duty of every Muslim, whether girl or boy. So if the Prophet says it, how can you deny it? If God is allowing girls and boys both to get education, how can you deny this fact? So I think they should go and read the Coran and they should read the Prophet: they should learn from it because Islam is a peaceful religion. Islam gives a message of tolerance, friendship, equality, living in peace. Islam allows us to get knowledge, to got and get education. How can some militants deny these facts?
[30 Apr 2014] Nigeria: Malala Demands Release of Abducted Schoolgirls.