The president of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has condemned the actions of militant group Boko Haram, proclaiming that terrorism “has no place” in Islam. The Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja applauded those comments.
“Terrorism has no place in Islam,” said the the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, according to Fides News Agency. “We must rise up as always, with one voice to condemn all acts of terrorism, condemn those terrorists wherever they are and try our best as Muslims to ensure peace reigns in our community.”
Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who was previously the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, congratulated the Sultan for his “bold statement,” and said that it has given him the courage to speak out on the issue.
“There seems to be an urgent need for an in-house dialogue within the Nigerian Muslim community,” the cardinal suggested. “Such a dialogue would make it possible to courageously and sincerely deal with currents and movements that create the kind of religious climate and atmosphere in which Boko Haram and similar groups emerge and thrive.”
Boko Haram’s war on the Nigerian government has stretched for close to five years now, and the terrorist group has killed thousands of people in its quest to establish Islamic rule over the country. It has often targeted Nigeria’s Christian population, which makes up close to half of the country, determined to drive them out.