- Islamic scholar Ahmed Gumi has said that it is only Muslims that can effectively fight Boko Haram insurgents terrorizing the North-East region of Nigeria and the world in general
- Gumi said there is need for corporation among other faiths and Muslims to end terrorism
- He said it is regretful that many people were ignorant of the true nature of Islam
- The scholar also noted that these people have allowed their ignorance to guard them through their decisions and reactions to issues concerning the religion
A Kaduna-based Islamic scholar Ahmed Gumi has said that it is only Muslims that can effectively fight Boko Haram insurgents terrorizing the North-East region of Nigeria and the world in general.
NAIJ.com gathered that while speaking at the graduation Kaduna Centre for Study of Christian-Muslim Relations, Gumi, a renowned Sheikh said there is need for corporation among other faiths and Muslims to end terrorism.
He said it is regretful that many people were ignorant of the true nature of Islam and allowed their ignorance to guard them through their decisions and reactions to issues concerning the religion.
Gumi said: "It is ignorance about the religion that is causing the conflicts. The Quran is very specific that you do not have a better friend than a Christian.”
“Saudi Arabia, which is the heart of Islam, wanted a coalition of Muslim state to fight terrorism. Terrorism destroys Muslims more than any other people. This terrorism was mentioned 1,400 years before it happened.
“The prophet said before the end of time, you will find youths claiming to be Muslims using the Qur’an to kill people. It was even mentioned in Islamic books that terrorism would come.
“Fighting terrorism, I am telling you, can only be effectively be done by Muslims themselves. So, when you see Muslims coming together to fight terrorism, and you you hear Christians voices saying ‘Nigeria should not join this force because it means we are Islamising Nigeria’, this is wrong!
“We need the Muslims to come together to fight this terrorism, but we don’t get the cooperation of our Christian citizens because of lack of understanding of what Islam is all about.
“We want the Christians to open up their mind allow Muslims to fight terrorism.
“This coalition which Saudi Arabia is trying to put together is to fight extremism and fanaticism.
Also, Saudi Arabia is aware that the poverty in the region is one of the contributory factors, therefore they want to come in, build schools, hospitals, lift up the economic status of the nation.
“But we found that in Nigeria, we don’t have our Christian brothers assisting us… Muslims can eradicate terrorism.
“I am happy that a centre like this was created, it will promote the relationship between Christians and Muslims.”
Insurgency began in Nigeria in 2009, after the leader and founder of the sect Mohammed Yusuf was killed by the Nigeria Police Force.
The rising of the insurgency have further led to the killing of many Nigerians and destruction of both government and private owned properties in the region.
Watch this NAIJ.com video of survivors of Boko Haram below: