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Sultan to Fight Islamic Extremism in Nigeria

ICC Note

“There could be bad elements in Nigeria but as the leader of over 80 million Muslims I know that within that 80 million there are bad Muslims who should be tackled and that’s what we are doing. We are trying to reach out to everybody especially these very bad ones. Telling them that you cannot progress if we continue to have problems with ourselves… We know these bad people need to be told the home truth to throw away their bad habits and be good citizens of Nigeria .”

By Constance Ikokwu

11.14.2007 Nigeria (This Day)-The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar yesterday in Washington , D.C. , unequivocally stated that he does not believe in Islamic extremism.

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Giving a speech on Muslim/ Christian Relations in Nigeria at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington , D.C. , Abubakar acknowledged that there are “bad elements” within the Muslim population in the country.

But extremism will not be allowed to take root in Nigeria because Islam abhors it, he argued. His words ;“there could be bad elements in Nigeria but as the leader of over 80 million Muslims I know that within that 80 million there are bad Muslims who should be tackled and that’s what we are doing. We are trying to reach out to everybody especially these very bad ones. Telling them that you cannot progress if we continue to have problems with ourselves… We know these bad people need to be told the home truth to throw away their bad habits and be good citizens of Nigeria .” It’s not good to be a fanatic, Islam abhors fanaticism, and Islam abhors extremism.

So when we see someone who is extremist, it’s not in Islam and that’s what we are trying to educate people about – extremism has no place in Islam………..We don’t believe in Fundamentalists. Abubakar urged restraint on the part of politicians who he says, preach the message of intolerance during election campaigns. He acknowledged that religious crisis is fuelled and reinforced by existing ethnic and political cleavages. Politicians who carry such damaging messages should be sanctioned as a deterrent, he submitted. Asked to react on recent reports of a foiled terrorist attack on the country, Abubakar declined, saying he does not have concrete information as yet. He however stated that so many people who claim to be terrorists in Nigeria are a bunch of disgruntled hungry, unemployed young men being used to foment trouble.

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On the possible funding of terrorists groups in Northern Nigeria, the Sultan argued that the US has effectively monitored the movement of funds since the9/11 attack, with the result that such organizations have been starved of the tools to execute their projects. He mentioned Saudi-Arabia as one of the countries that used to fund the propagation of Islam but has been unable to do so since 9/11. Explaining the use wrong use of the words Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Nigeria , he stated “I believe 98 per cent of Nigerians don’t even know the meaning of Taliban because it is an Arabic word. 98 per cent of Nigerians don’t even know the meaning of Al-Qaeda, it’s an Arabic word. But young men out of bravado, when they want to cause problem say I am Taliban, I am Al-Qaeda not knowing the meaning of the words.”

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