The leadership of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar II, has demanded the immediate release of an alleged Boko Haram recruitment officer and spiritual leader in Kogi state, Dr. Mohammed Yunus.
The association claimed Yunus was not a Boko Haram member.
Yunus, a lecturer with the Kogi State University and four others were arrested by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) on October 29 over an allegation that they were planning to attack Igala land in Kogi State.
However, the JNI in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, noted that after a thorough investigation by the religious body, it discovered that the said lecturer was not connected with the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
According to the JNI, the lecturer could not have been a member of Boko Haram because those who have been following the trend of the sect knew that “even ordinary members of the Boko Haram hardly deny their connection to their ideology.”
The JNI therefore argued that it would be doubtful that a whole “spiritual leader and recruitment officer” of the sect would shed tears publicly while denying any link to that ideology.
It added that it would sound contradictory also that a leader of Boko Haram would still maintain his position as a university lecturer when in fact, the first requisite for one to be a member of the group was to abandon anything connected with western education.