Punch: by Olaleye Aluko —
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria has warned the Federal Government against negotiating with the Boko Haram insurgents, explaining that this will be against the national interest as well as Islamic principles.
The Head of the society, Dr. Mashhud Fashola, gave this warning on Tuesday at a press conference in Lagos to discuss the state of the country.
Fashola, who described the sect as criminals and people serving the devil, urged the government not to negotiate with them.
He said, “Boko Haram uses religion to perpetrate evil. They have nothing to do with the true teachings of Islam. They are criminals and they are serving the devil. So, government should not negotiate with insurgents.
“There are religious leaders who indoctrinate people to deceive them. The problem in the North is inadequate spread of education. Secondly in fighting this menace, adequate equipment and logistics must be deployed. Our security outfits need better facilities for this task.
“Nigeria has 70 per cent of her people living below the poverty line and over 60 million adults are jobless and cannot ensure any meaningful livelihood. So, the problem of insurgency is closely connected with under-development.”
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