MARYLAND/ USA –
A Nigerian lawmaker says Muslims must take the lead in the ongoing war to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the country to retrieve their faith from extremists.
Shehu Sani, a Senator representing Kaduna Central District at the National Assembly, described terrorists as people who use Islam for selfish ends.
“Islam is confronted by two dangers on two fronts from the inside and from the outside,” the lawmaker said at the weekend while delivering a speech to a group of Sudanese intellectuals and students at the International University of Africa, Khartoum.
“The inside forces are those who manipulate and misuse the religion in furtherance of their extremist or political or violent agenda. And the outside are those with a mindset set and conditioned to hate Muslims and anything associated with Islam.
“Terrorists are anarchists. Their cruel actions and atrocious violence create bad perception and impression for the faith they falsely lay claim to.
“Muslim intellectuals and scholars and students must lead the battle to retrieve their faith and cast the light of peace and tolerance in the hearts of all believers in the faith,” he said.
“Muslim intellectuals must spearhead the neutralization and liquidation of knowledge and schools of thought that encourage extremism and terrorism.
“Nigeria, my country, has suffered from violence resulting in the death of tens of thousands and displacement millions.
“The dangers of silence, neutrality, and cowardice is that the forces of darkness will be left unchallenged to define our present and dictate our future,” Senator Sani said