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Nigerian cardinal: Boko Haram members are our ‘kith and kin’

February 16, 2016

Nigeria’s leading prelate has praised the government’s efforts to combat corruption, according to the Abuja-based Daily Trust.

Addressing his brother bishops on February 14, Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that “our inability to deal adequately with terrorist insurgency has been closely linked with massive criminal corruption in the system. Nigerians have every reason to be angry with the system. But anger is not enough.”

“In general, Boko Haram members are not foreigners,” he said in reference to the Islamist terrorist insurgency. “They are our kith and kin. Does it not make more sense to win them back to our communities than to aim at killing them all off?”

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