•To say Muslims are terrorists is balderdash’
•Why I risked my life to talk sense into Boko Haram leaders
•Praises Ahmadiyya for laudable achievements
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to apply the Ahmadiyya principle of ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ in their day-to-day activities, adding that the doctrine was capable of bringing abundant and rewarding life devoid of strife and tension in the society.
Obasanjo who was a special guest of honour at Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammat Centenary celebration/64th annual convention held at Ilaro Ogun State recently also stated that he risked his life to talk to the leaders of Boko Haram merely because he believes Muslims are not terrorists; just as he stressed that those who perpetrate atrocities all over the world are far below 1% of the global Muslim population. He was received by the Amir, Dr, Mashuud Fashola and other leaders of the group. ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ principle He said: “Due to its timeless relevance to our fragile world and complex country, I am particularly enamoured by your motto, “Love for all, hatred for none”. I believe if all Nigerians can internalise the message and apply it in our day-to-day activities and interactions, we would be living a more abundant and rewarding life, devoid of the strife and tension that characterise our socio-political experience. If we all hold “love for all” sacrosanct and we are “all for love” in spite of our real and perceived differences, we would all be happy and fulfilled. If we choose otherwise, the case would just remain like that of the proverbial chicken on the rope: ara o r’okun, ara o r’adie.”