Indonesia’s national spiritual leader, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has shared his thoughts on the mass shooting at the Bataclan concert hall, where he was shot and killed by a gunman, in a video message posted on his Facebook page.
In the message, which was translated by the Jakarta Post, Nugroha said: “This was a moment when I was born.
I know that this was the beginning of my life changed.””
I had to take on the task of the new generation of the nation, to bring the nation together.
I had to give my life to help the nation live in a peaceful way, to help everyone live a better life.
I am thankful to God for that, because this is the time that I am now.”
Nugroho said he hoped his death would give a voice to the victims’ families, and to his followers in Indonesia.
“I hope that this will be the moment that people realize that there is nothing we can do,” he said.
The video message is a rare moment for Nugrohos followers to share his thoughts.
It comes a week after he was one of the few religious leaders to condemn the attack.
Nugrohatos followers have been protesting in Jakarta for months.
The mass shooting was carried out by a man who claimed to be a member of a banned Islamist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), but whose identity has yet to be verified.
Nugros followers have criticised the authorities for their handling of the situation.
The killing of the spiritual leader follows a similar shooting in the country’s capital, Jakarta, last week, which left nine people dead.
The Jakarta Post was unable to independently verify Nugroheos claim that he was a member or sympathiser of ISIL, but the man’s claim of belonging to the group has been repeatedly denied by Jakarta authorities.
In his video message, Nugros wife, Nomanie, spoke of her husband’s desire to “create peace in the world”, adding: “I can not believe what happened.
This was the first time I ever saw him [Nugrot] on a balcony.
We are very worried.
The fear is so great.”
In a video from the Indonesian Buddhist monastery of Dhamma, Nugratos wife said she hoped his murder would give more voice to those who “have lost their hope”.
“This is the moment of hope and the voice of the martyrs of the world,” Nugroheto said.
“This is our duty.
We cannot give up our lives, we cannot give them up.
We should not give up. “
It is up to us to keep on living.
We should not give up.
The future of our sons, our daughters is the future of the whole world.”