Boko Haram is not an Islamic group – Ibadan cleric

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The Chief Imam of Lead City University, Ibadan, Abdulrahman Muhammed-Liawal, on Sunday urged the media to stop referring to the Boko Haram sect as an Islamic group.

Muhammed-Liawal made the plea in Ibadan at a programme organised by the Muslim community of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, with the theme: “ Islam and the Media.’’
The cleric, who noted that the activities of the sect were completely anti-Islam, said: “Islam is not a religion that encourages force but rather a religion of peace and equity.
“The attitude of Boko Haram contradicts the teachings of Islam; the judgment in Islam for anybody that kills his fellow being is death.
“Anybody that understands this principle will not kill his fellow being.’’ He also advised the media to always confirm their information before reportage in order not to mislead the public.
Muhammed-Liawal, who observed that the best means of informing the people about Islam was through the media, advised well-meaning Muslims to sponsor Islamic programmes during the forthcoming Ramadan
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