Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has condemned the conduct of some Muslims in the country who engage in violence in the name of Jihad.
According to Aregbesola, from the history of life and times of the Holy Prophet, Jihad has not and “is still not a war of hate, destruction, indiscriminate, a random war of a mandate that can be appropriated by just about anyone”.
Aregbesola, who said this on Saturday at a Ramadan lecture organised by the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society at the Women Development Centre, Abuja, also lamented the violent activities of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, describing it as “posturing which was far from Islamic tenets and teachings”.
In his lecture entitled, ‘Islam, Education and the Principles of Jihad’, the governor said honest and discerning Nigerian would testify to the fact that what the group stands for does not approximate Islam by any stretch of the imagination.
He said it somewhat represents a dynamics within Islam which if not well managed, could affect the perception of Islam by the larger world and its fortunes in a changing world.
Meanwhile, Aregbesola, in Osogbo on Sunday, said the appellation, ‘Your Excellency’ used to address public office holders was an aberration of the country’s constitution and sycophantic.
Aregbesola, who stated this at public lecture, maintained that the phrase was “introduced by the political class wishing to segregate itself from the common man.”
The lecture was organised by Muslim Association of Nigeria at the Osogbo City Hall, Osogbo.
The governor also faulted the use of ‘Executive Governor,’ describing the phrase as repetitive.
He stressed that he was comfortable with being addressed as a governor.