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Rivers evacuates 150 students from Borno

By George Onah

Port Harcourt—Rivers State Government has evacuated 150 Rivers students from the University of Maiduguri. This came just as three Islamic scholars have urged the Federal Government not to dialogue with Boko Haram because the sect was a deviant group whose activities do not represent the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.

Commending the Rivers State Government for the evacuation, the state’s union of students said it was impressed by the prompt action of the government “in bringing our young men and women back home to safety.”

However, speaking on a radio programme in Port Harcourt, Imams Quasim, Abdulsalam and Abubakar Yarnis, said it was regrettable that the House of Assembly in Borno would call for the withdrawal of troops from the streets of Maiduguri but would not call the sect to order.

To dialogue with the sect, the scholars argued, would amount to recognising them and accepting that they had been wronged in any form.

They explained that the Koran does not prescribe the killing of non-Muslims when they (Muslims) have not been hurt in any form.


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