Islamic scholars ask Boko Haram to end violence

SOME eminent Islamic scholars at the weekend, called on the Boko Haram sect to permanently end its violence in the interest of peace and unity.

The clerics, who spoke at this year’s Ramadan lecture of the National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO) in Lagos, reiterated that so far, the group had not properly articulated its grievances and pushed for it in a sane and legitimate way.

Meanwhile, NACOMYO at the event prayed and renewed the ongoing search for the missing prominent television presenter, Alhaji Razaq Gawat, with distribution of posters carrying the image and details of the man with phone number to contact. The group, supported by Islamic students, marched to the NTA Channel 10 and other media houses in Lagos for sensitisation. Gawat was the Lagos State Coordinator for NACOMYO.

In his remarks, the Acting Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Seyed Bagher Seyed Jaradi, said the activities of the sect had not only pitched the non-Muslims against the Muslims, but questioned the sanctity of the religion.

While attributing other deadly crisis in the Islamic countries across the globe, to resistance against economic exploitation of the West, Jaradi said outright ceasefire from Boko Haram was urgently expected, for the sake of humanity, credibility of Islamic religion (in the country) and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

According to him: “They (Boko Haram) should realise that the merciless killings of innocent people, including non-Muslims, across Nigeria, is not known and acceptable by any law or religious tenets across the globe. They should be enlightened or reminded that the basic preaching of Islamic religion is peace, which can never be achieved when we are hostile to our brothers and sisters, including the non-Muslims…”

Also, the President of NACOMYO, Lagos chapter and chief host of the lecture, Alhaji Abdulahi Anifowoshe, said that Boko Haram was the manifestation of political grievances among the ruling class and implored their sponsors to channel their geniuses and resources to legitimate activities, aimed at promoting gainful engagement among the youth and foster a hunger-free and peaceful society.

“There is no two ways about it, Boko Haram does not, in any way, represent anything that Islam stands for. Islam believes and upholds truth, fairness, justice, tolerance and compassion and fiercely decry oppression, humiliation and brutalisation of innocent people, irrespective of their religion,” he said.

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