ABUJA — Secretary general of the world's largest bloc of Islamic countries has pledged to help fight Boko Haram group in Nigeria’s north east, describing members of the militant group as outlaws and criminals whose actions have nothing to do with Islam.
"We have made very strong and clear statements that Boko Haram insurgency has nothing to do with Islam,” Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), was quoted by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, June 2,
"We have classified them as outlaws and criminals and we say that Islam cannot and will never be a religion that practices or justifies indiscriminate acts of murder or kidnapping of innocent children.
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"The Holy Qur’an says very clearly that the killing of one person equals the killing of all of humanity," he said.
Madani’s comments came as he visited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aminu Wali, in Abuja on Monday.
The OIC secretary general has also vowed to fight Boko Haram, expressing the organization's solidarity with Nigeria in its fight against insurgency.
He added that OIC was willing to play a "concrete role" in the international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria.
Nigeria has been facing a number of security challenges over the past months.
Last April, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants while being at school in the Chibok area of Borno state.
The abduction was widely condemned by world leaders and Islamic organizations.
Nigerian officials confirmed yesterday that they have identified the location of the missing girls who were not restored to their families yet.
Moreover, a number of bombing have rocked Nigeria’s capital and different cities, for which no entities claimed responsibility.
Last month, two consecutive explosions hit the crowded business streets of Jos, killing 118 people and injuring more than 45.
Although there were no immediate claim of responsibility of the attacks, Boko Haram is believed to be involved.
Another explosion at an Abuja popular car park earlier this year has claimed at least 72 lives and injured 134, according to official figures.
Along with OIC chief calls, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has condemned what he termed “repeated acts of terror” against Muslims.
“JNI once again will not be deterred nor remain mute over the repeated ungodly acts of terror being unleashed on the Muslims, hence it painfully received the news of the gruesome murder of HRH, Alhaji Shehu Mustapha Idrissa Timta, the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State by criminals,” the Sultan who is President General of the umbrella body for Muslims in the North, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), said in a statement yesterday in Kaduna.
The statement, signed by the Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, condemned the attack on three Emirs by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members which led to the killing of the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State.
“The heinous attack is utterly condemnable. We again expect the federal government, through its relevant security agencies, to wake up to their respective responsibilities of protecting lives and property of Nigerians, especially in the North-east region.
“Enough diatribes had been heard on the ugly situation. Therefore, purposeful and coordinated pro-active measures must be on ground to check the menace of the insurgency.
“In the light of the above, we extend our condolences to the family of the late emir, the Shehu of Borno, the Gwoza Emirate Council and the Borno State Government.
“In the same vein, we send our sympathy to their royal highnesses, the Emirs of Askira and Uba over the foiled attempt to their respective lives, to all Allah, the Most High is all glorifications.
“Finally, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, calls on all Muslims to fervently continue praying for the restoration of peace and security in Nigeria bearing in mind that we are in the month of Sha’aban, approaching the sacred month of Ramadan. Similarly, all imams are implored to continue with Qunut prayers in their respective mosques, for Allah’s intervention and relief,” the statement said.
Nigeria, one of the world's most religiously committed nations, is divided between a Muslim north and a Christian south.
Boko Haram, a Hausa term meaning “Western education is sinful”, is loosely modeled on Afghanistan's Taliban.
The militant group says it is fighting enemies who have wronged its members through violence, arrests or economic neglect and corruption.
It has been blamed for a campaign of shootings and bombings against security forces and authorities in the north since 2009.
But recently, the sect has carried out attacks against Christians and Muslims alike.
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