Boko Haram does not represent Islam, NSCIA insists

The apex group for Muslims in Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has reiterated its stand that the terrorists group, Boko Haram, does not in any way represent Islam. The group also mounted pressure on the Federal Government to do all in his powers to save the lives of abducted all girls abducted by Boko Haram including Leah Sharibu.

The terrorists’ group had earlier given an October 15 deadline to the Federal Government to meet its demand, threatening to execute Miss Sharibu if the demands are not met. The NSCIA reiterated its criticism of Boko Haram’s activities, according to a document, during the Interfaith Initiative for Peace Conference in Abuja. The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters, Sheikh Mohammed Khalid, who made the pleas on behaklf of the Council, called on the government “to do whatever it can within its powers to ensure Miss Sharibu is safely released and reunited with her family.” Addressing the issue, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters, Sheikh Khalid said Miss Sharibu’s abductors were on their own and that they did not represent Islam.

“We are here to speak on behalf of the bodies of the two main religions, Islam and Christianity. We want the world to understand that these people that are holding our children and other people in captivity are not representing anything, they are on their own. Islam is not asking them to abduct anybody and we the Muslims are going to join hands with anybody to do anything possible to secure Nigerians from their agony.

“We are appealing to them to rethink and revisit their minds so that they will release their captives, especially somebody like Leah Sharibu,” Sheikh Khalid said. The cleric called for her immediate release and other teenage girls abducted by the group in the restive north-east. The Interfaith peace conference was convened by the Sultan of Sokoto and leader of NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Speaking on the role of religious leaders in a free and fair election, the Archbishop of Sokoto, Rev Hassan Matthew Kukah, appealed to religious leaders to refrain from politics because their voices are very influential. Kukah voiced concern about next year’s elections, saying the conduct of party primaries had created fears among the electorate, who believe the outcome of the elections have been predetermined.

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