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Northerners in Lagos kick against Boko Haram

14 July 2014, 10:50

Lagos - The Arewa community in Lagos on Sunday said that they would neither aid nor tolerate any terrorist activities in Lagos.

In a statement issued in Lagos by the Chairman, Council of Arewa Chiefs and the leader of the Hausas in Lagos, Sani Kabir, the group assured that " the Arewa community will neither hide nor aid terrorists in any way".

It also condemned the activities of the Boko Haram sect, saying that their activities do not represent the teachings of Islam.

"Nigeria is facing challenges that is unprecedented in our recent history perpetrated by terrorists disguising as a religious group.

"We have enjoyed peace in Lagos and for that reason, we are sensitising our people on the need to maintain peace and to be security conscious.

"We have also directed all our Imams to consistently intensify the message of peace among the community. We have also directed that people should not be allowed to sleep in mosques and other places designated for worship" the statement said.

The group also said that its leadership had instructed its members against  sleeping or camping under the bridge or indiscriminate parking of vehicles along major highways.

It, however, urged its members in Lagos to participate in the proposed government's registration of residents.

"We believe that these measures will further strengthen the bond of friendship among other ethnic groups in Lagos," it further said.

 - NAN

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