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NIGERIA-NDAGOSO Feb-9-2012 (220 words) xxxi

Nigerian archbishop says bombings might deter needed investment

By Peter Ajayi Dada
Catholic News Service

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso of Kaduna said the constant bombings in Nigeria might deter much-needed foreign investment.

"We need an enabling environment, and the resolution of the bomb blasts by the (Boko Haram) sect should be resolved quickly before any meaningful development could come to Nigeria," he told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview Feb. 8, the day after a suicide bomber attacked an army barracks in Kaduna.

Members of Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic sect with somewhat undefined leadership and goals, took responsibility for the attack.

The archbishop also welcomed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's invitation to Boko Haram to dialogue and advised its members to make themselves available to air their grievances.

"This would be the ideal way to go rather than for them (Boko Haram) to continue in wanton destruction of lives and property of innocent lives," he said.

He said Boko Haram's constant attacks, which have left hundreds dead, primarily in the North, have overwhelmed Nigerians, and he said everyone should be security-conscious.

"The members of the sect are not ghosts but live among the public," he said.

Archbishop Ndagoso said the state's Christian and Muslim leaders have met regularly, under the auspices of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council and the Christian Association of Nigeria, to find ways to prevent violence.

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