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Jonathan: Boko Haram killings signs of end times?  print

Published on December 31, 2012 by   ·   5 Comments

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming “end times”.

Jonathan, speaking after 15 Christians had their throats slit last week in the country’s northeast, also suggested Islamist extremist group Boko Haram aimed to take over the Nigerian capital Abuja, but vowed the group would be defeated.

During comments Sunday in which he mentioned attacks on churches in Nigeria, Syria’s war and the situation in the Central African Republic, where rebels have pushed their way across the impoverished country, Jonathan spoke of the Biblical end times.

“I was just wondering, could this be a clear way of telling us that the end times are so close?” he told the church congregation, according to a recording of his remarks heard by AFP.

Some Christians believe in the idea of chaos in connection with the second coming of Jesus Christ, commonly referred to as the “end times”. Such beliefs are based on passages in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.

Jonathan was speaking at an evangelical Christian church service in the capital. The church belongs to the EYN denomination, common among Christians in the violence-torn northeast, where Boko Haram is based.

Local media quoted the church pastor as saying 109 EYN members have been killed and 50 branches burnt.

Violence linked to Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern and central Nigeria has left some 3,000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Symbols of Nigerian authority have often been their targets, but the group has also specifically targeted Christians, fellow muslims,

President Jonathan: likens Boko Haram killings to end time signs

including suicide bombings of churches.

This Christmas season has however been notably less bloody than in 2011, when scores were killed in attacks on churches and other locations.

Jonathan has previously accused Boko Haram of seeking to destabilise the government and incite a religious crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.

On Sunday, while speaking of the rebels in the Central African Republic, Jonathan said: “They were quite close to taking over the capital city, just as Boko Haram is taking over Abuja for me and those working in government to run and hide somewhere else.”

He vowed however that Boko Haram would not succeed and that the violence would be brought under control.

“If the idea of Boko Haram is to stop Nigerians from worshipping God, they will not succeed,” he said.

“If the idea of Boko Haram is to stop government from providing the dividends of democracy, they will not succeed…. God willing and with our commitment, the excesses of Boko Haram and other criminal organisations will be brought to a reasonable control.”

Jonathan spokesman Reuben Abati did not respond to a phone call to further explain the president’s comments.

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5 Comments for “Jonathan: Boko Haram killings signs of end times?”

  1. Mamman Bako

    Another upside-down talk of Mr. President, yet again.

  2. Richie Ogun

    End of time for you and you inept government more like!

  3. Justice

    Its insane that the man who was supposed to be responsible for the security of a nation likened Boro Haram bombing to ” the Biblical end times and that end times are so close”.

    What should the Obama and Cameron says about Al Qaeda?
    What should Spanish say about ETA?
    What should the Irish say about IRA?
    What should the Russians says about Chechnya bombers?
    What should the Israelis says about the Middle East suicide bombing?

    These sorts of cowardice statements from a Commander in Chief of a nation has shown that Jonathan is not prepared to govern Nigeria. He should resign and go away with his looted funds and allow someone with military background on terrorism to handle this nation.

    We don’t have leaders any more in Nigeria but eaters. government is now the only single enterprise where you make money or be friends to the powers and you don’t have to pay tax.

    Those multi-national corporations in Lagos and other states should pay a fair share of corporation tax and stop looting in disguise.

  4. Larry

    Prophet Jonathan, Nobody care about your sermon; just do your work as a president , or you relinquish your job and continues in your prophecy.

  5. Lirex

    Na ur head d end time go fall first…. After all d badlucks u brought 2 dis country, u still talk as a coward. If Goodluck cannot rule dis con3. Kindly step dwn and go 2 ur prophecing job. U n ur wife are disgrace 2 our nation. Goash!!!

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