Boko Haram un-Islamic, says NSCIA scribe

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab

Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof Is-haq Oloyede, has assured Nigerians in the Diaspora that the current insurgency in the Northern part of the country had nothing to do with Islam.
Oloyede made the clarification in a keynote address he delivered at the Grand reception organised by the Masjidul-Mumineen of Houston Texas, United States of America, for Seven Nigerian-American citizens who completed the memorisation of the entire Qur’an recently.
He said under the Islamic system of governance human lives were regarded as sacred which must be jealously protected by the state functionaries.
Oloyede, who was represented by Dr. Abu-Bakr Imam Ali-Agan of the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, commended the efforts of the members of the Masjidul Muminieen for the spectacular achievement.

He said the Boko Haram insurgency was a product of lingering “bad educational planning, inept leadership, social insecurity and naked injustice” which had “permeated the political system in Nigeria for long.”
Oloyede enjoined Nigerian Muslim Community in the United States of America to inculcate the Islamic moral values and discipline in their children.
He said despite the domineering and the attractive Western Culture, the community was able to organise an Islamic training programme for their children as shown by the memorisation of the Qur’an.
He urged parents of the young Qur’an memorisers, whose ages ranged between 10 and 13, to ensure that they were well connected with their roots in the country.