To Rabiu Kwakwaso, Governor of Kano State, the Legion of Mary or Salvation Army is not different from Boko Haram. If the former uses Rosaries or Bibles and Boko Haram uses AK47 or limbs-shattering explosives to persuade sinners to their vision of faith, they are legitimately engaged in the same method. This is what he said when granting unconditional clemency to 20 members of Boko Haram in celebration of the end of 2011 Holy Month of fasting:
"As a government, we consider all Islamic and Christian religious sects the same. It is the duty of government to embrace all religious groups toward peaceful coexistence among citizens... no time did the state government ever authorise any security agency to arrest or detain any member of any religious group." Embrace all religious groups? Even Boko Haram is a religious group not a terrorist organisation?
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