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“A criminal is a criminal”: Sultan of Sokoto says Boko Haram shouldn’t be associated with Islam

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“A criminal is a criminal”: Sultan of Sokoto says Boko Haram shouldn’t be associated with Islam

by Paul Osas

The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar (III) has said that Nigerians should stop linking the Boko Haram insurgency with religion.

“Don’t call Boko Haram ‘Islamic militants’. A criminal is a criminal. Do not link him with his religion. The people doing this insecurity are very small compared to the millions of Muslims that are not in any way connected to insurgency,” he said when he hosted security chiefs during the breaking of the Ramadan fast in his palace in Sokoto over the weekend.

The sultan also observed that Boko Haram seems to have become a franchise used by many to commit series of crimes. He urged politicians to stop trading blames and unite to fight the insurgency headlong.

“When we politicise the security issue, there can never be a solution to it. We should not narrow it down to an ethnic or religious thing. Let us stop pointing accusing fingers and viewing terrorism as Hausa or Fulani issue. We must all join hands to fight insecurity because by the time you feel relaxed and say they should continue to kill themselves, by the time they finished killing themselves they will now get back to you. Therefore, let us collectively fight insecurity.

“Though, we might not know those behind this insecurity, but we should take our hands up to Almighty Allah to expose those doing these killings. We must also not pray and go to sleep. Let us continue to be proactive. Let us continue to work harder and sensitise our people on security matters.” he said.

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