Boko Haram asks Christians, Southerners to leave the North

The police authorities have described the threat by the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, asking Southerners and Christians to leave the North within three days as baseless and designed just to create panic. A spokesman for Boko Haram had on Sunday reportedly issued the ultimatum and threatened to confront troops after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in hard-hit areas. Abdul Qaqa, who spoke on behalf of the group blamed for terrorist attacks, said he was giving Southerners living in the North a three-day ultimatum to leave. President Jonathan declared a state of emergency on Saturday in parts of four states hit by violence blamed on Boko Haram. The declaration came in response to scores of attacks attributed to Boko Haram, particularly the bombings on Christmas day that killed 49 people, most of them in a gruesome blast at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-asks-christians-southerners-to-leave-the-north/106318/

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