Monday, 2 June 2014

Boko Haram Members Are Criminals, Not Muslims — OIC | Sahara Reporters

Eyad Madani and Prez. Jonathan
The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) on Monday publicly
expressed its support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, saying
members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect are criminals and outlaws that
should not be considered as Muslims.


OIC Secretary-General, Eyad Ameen Madani said this on Monday at the
Presidential Villa when he led a delegation to meet with President
Goodluck Jonathan.


According to Madani, the 57-member organization would continue supporting Nigeria’s efforts to address its terrorism challenge.


“We are here to express our solidarity with Nigeria in facing up to
this terrorist organisation and to condemn the terrorist acts they have
been committing, and to show our condolences to the Nigerian people, to
the families of those who were affected”, he said.


“The OIC has issued statements that are very clear, that these people
are outlaws, what they do is criminal act; it has absolutely nothing to
do with Islam, Islamic teachings, the religion of Islam, the history,
the culture, the civilization of Islam and we should identify them for
what they are as a terrorist group”.


In addition to listening to the president, Madani said OIC offered to
help in terms of expressing support for the government, and getting
actively involved in facing up to the terrorists.


“OIC can be involved in many ways because the crisis is multi-dimensional”, he said.


“If the Nigerian government would allow it, we will convene an
inter-faith dialogue, which will show many aspects of similarities
between not only Christians and Muslims, but between all faiths and
convictions”.


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, thanked the organisation for
supporting the government, saying the step is proof OIC’s role in
supporting any of its member-states that has any problem, either
socially, economically, religiously or otherwise.


“So this is something that should be a message to every Nigerian that
OIC is a body that is willing and able to come to the aid of its member
states, as is explained by the secretary-general”, he said.

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