Shet­tima: Mis­in­ter­pret­ing Qu­ran among causes of Boko Haram

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State yes­ter­day iden­ti­fied mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the holy Qur’an as the ma­jor cause of the cam­paign of vi­o­lence be­ing per­pe­trated by Boko Haram in­sur­gents, not­ing that the vi­o­lent cam­paigns with at­ten­dant loss of lives and de­struc­tion of property lack any place in Is­lam.

Shet­tima spoke while re­ceiv­ing win­ners and of­fi­cials of the Board for Qur’anic Ed­u­ca­tion who rep­re­sented the state in the 2004 na­tional Qur’anic recita­tion com­pe­ti­tion held in Dutse, Ji­gawa State re­cently.

He added that the in­sur­gents give neg­a­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Qur’an and Is­lam, which they wrongly use to un­leash ter­ror on cit­i­zens.

“Dis­torted

trans­la­tion

of the holy book by the in­sur­gents landed us in this mess, if we had good un­der­stand­ing of Is­lam we would have been in a bet­ter place. There is no room for ex­trem­ism in Is­lam. We need to go back to Is­lam as prac­tised by Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH) when Is­lam en­cour­aged Mus­lims, Jews and Chris­tians to live in peace with one an­other”, the gover­nor said.

“We are presently in the days where some lu­natics claim­ing to be cru­saders of Is­lam are killing in­no­cent people, burn­ing mosques and churches. It is bad in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the holy book by the in­sur­gents that caused all this”, he added.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Shet­tima yes­ter­day re­ceived the re­port of the spe­cial emer­gency re­lief com­mit­tee set up af­ter the Giwa bar­racks at­tack last month and promised to look into its rec­om­men­da­tions.

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