Stop calling Boko Haram Islamic group, cleric urges media

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Ibadan – 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. (NAN)

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