The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Alexander Bamgbola has blamed the nation’s porous borders for the series of violent attacks by alleged herdsmen and the dangerous Boko Haram sect, and the general insecurity situation across the country.
Bamgbola, who spoke in an interview with New Telegraph on the sideline of an inter-faith dialogue held in Lagos on Tuesday, said for Nigeria to overcome her insecurity challenges, the Federal Government must be bold enough like the American President Donald Trump and close all illegal routes to the country.
The event was the fourth edition of the International Conference on Love and Tolerance with the theme; Countering Violent Extremism.” It was organised by an international Foundation- UFUK Dialogue.
According to Bamgbola, who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Inter-religious Affairs Council, whether as herdmen or as Boko Haram, he was sure that those disrupting the nation’s peace are non-Nigerians, saying Nigerians he knows are not only peace-loving but also tolerant and humane.
He said; “Nigerians are people of peace and so the people who are not giving us peace in Nigeria, substantially, are non-Nigerians.
“Yes, we have problems in other parts of the country including the Niger-Delta for instance, but you see dialogue taking place. But when these people started since the days of Maitasine and Boko Haram, we can confirm they are non-Nigerians.