The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has said that insurgents, Boko Haram was indirectly caused by the northern leaders. He said the leaders had deceived the poor using religion in many ways. He said this at a conference organised by the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University, Osogbo. He said the group could be traced back to promises made by some leaders to fully implement sharia law in the region. He said the law was used to generate a false consciousness among the poor that they wanted theocracy. He said the insurgents had started out as a revolt against the mendacity and hypocrisy of the leaders. He also blamed the leaders for not explaining to the people that democracy and sharia law could not co-exist. He said the kidnap of the Chibok girls were in line with the ideology that a girl could be married off to an older man. He said they should ask themselves why Boko Haram was headquartered in the North and not in other zones of the country. He also blamed the leaders for not building a solid foundation for the future rather than live only for the moment.