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'Muslims are not terrorists'

30 June 2014, 10:43

Abuja - Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has called on security agencies in the country to be fair and professional in the discharge of their duties.

Oloyede gave the advice while delivering a keynote address at the 9th Ramadan Lecture of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) in Abuja on Sunday.

Describing the security situation in the country as serious, the Islamic leader said Muslims in Nigeria were for peace as long as there was justice and fairness.

"Muslims are not responsible for the violence in the country. Muslims are for peace. If there is any problem, it is a failure of the system,’’ he said.

Oloyede said in the spirit of the theme of the lecture, "Peace and Leadership: The Missing Link", there should be more consultation and dialogue among the stakeholders in the country.

Speaking on the theme of the lecture, the guest speaker, Prof. Musa Abdur-Raheem said that for peace to reign there must be justice.

"Boko Haram are not representing Islam, Muslims are for peace and most of the victims of Boko Haram attacks are Muslims,” he said.

He called on the leaders in the country to live up to  expectations by urgently addressing the nation’s security challenges.


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