Abuja - The Nigerian Army Directorate of
Islamic Affairs has commenced an awareness workshop in Maiduguri as part of
measures to eliminate violent extremism.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop at the Borno
State capital, Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole (the
counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast), Maj. Gen. Yusha'u Abubakar,
said the choice of Maiduguri for the workshop was timely due to the area being
a bedrock of Boko Haram insurgency.
This has bedeviled the area over the years.
Abubakar said the Boko Haram crisis was as a result of
the wrong interpretation of Islam.
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“Muslims are face with ignorance and wrong interpretation
of Islam, we have to sensitize the public to embrace the true teachings of
Islam, as propagated by the prophet Muhammad (SAW), as anything outside that
does not represent Islam,” Abubakar said.
He lamented that miscreants and criminals who were daily
terrorizing people in the Northeast under the guise of Islam had gone out of
the real teaching and interpretation of Islam as taught by Prophet Muhammad
(SAW) and his disciples and had regrettably taken the path of those trying to
mislead people to the way of Satan.
The Director of
Islamic Affairs of the Nigerian Army, Col. Shehu Mustapha, said despite Islamic
warning against extremism and terrorism, some people did not heed the warning.
“They always embark on distorting the real meaning of
Qur`anic verses and Hadith, disseminating wrong information on Islam in order
to lure ignorant Muslim youths into criminal activities in the name of fighting
Jihad,” lamented Mustapha.
- CAJ News