A Professor of Islamic Studies at the Department of Islamic Studies of the Lagos State University and the founder of the Muslim Rights Council (MURIC), Isiaq Akintola, has challenged Muslims to stand up against the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, Al Qaeda and ISIS.
Mr Akintola made the statement at a lecture held at the College of Security Studies of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, marking the beginning of the new Islamic calendar in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital on Saturday.
His comment came at a time when the Federal Government had reiterated effort towards ending the insurgency by the end of 2015.
While denying any link between Islam and the activities of the dreaded groups, Akintola appealed to young Muslims to avoid joining groups without proper understanding of their aims and objectives, in order not to bring the religion into disrepute.
The Federal Government of Nigeria says it is definitely collapsing the Boko Haram insurgent’s networks, bridging insecurity and also having its eyes on fifth columnist in the country.
It also guaranteed that elections will be conducted in all parts of the country including the North East as it has already liberated a large portion of the area.
The assurance came in the aftermath of a breakfast meeting hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan with the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and other Service Chiefs who were in attendance.
Badeh, who spoke to journalists at the end of the forum outside the President’s residence, said “life is gradually coming back in the areas earlier ravaged by the insurgents including Mubi, Adamawa State”.
He also stated that the Department of State Services is already handling the issues bordering on fake Boko Haram negotiators and fifth columnists aggravating the crisis, with a guarantee that the government would deal with them appropriately.
The Chief of Defence Staff further said the armed forces was very firm and are strategizing to ensure that insecurity in the north-east was brought under control.
He did not mention the strategies that the military is adopting in its counter terrorism operation that has been on for over five years.