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Islamic leader urges Boko Haram to halt killings

12 August 2013, 09:05Augustine Osayande

Abuja – An Islamic leader appealed to the Boko Haram members, blamed for the incessant terror in the northern parts of the state, to stop such activities in the spirit of Islam.

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, asked the notorious Islamic sect stop the killings and respect the sanctity of life.

“We need to respect our differences, give support to those in authority and respect sanctity of life. We have seen more deaths here and this killing should be over."  

The royal father, who spoke to journalists through the Zanna Sabnoma (Chief Mobiliser of Events) of Borno Emirate, Dr Musa Liman, appealed to the people to support the youth volunteers for their patriotism,” he said.

The paramount ruler said Islam forbids the killing in whatever guise and thus it would be wrong for the insurgents to claim they were jihadists (fighting the cause of Islamic religion).

He hailed progress made in maintaining peace in the region with youth at the forefront of such efforts.

"The palace and His Royal Highness is elated that peace is gradually returning to Borno and this Eid el Fitr (holiday) is special and we are celebrating it. The youth volunteers should be commended, they need everybody's support and prayers. Imagine young men with sticks and cutlasses chasing armed men with sophisticated weapons. Therefore, I urge our people to give them support."

– CAJ News


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