Army addresses extremism at Maidugri workshop

bomb religious extreminisonBy AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – 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.

“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.

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