Nigerian cardinal welcomes sultan’s condemnation of terrorism
May 30, 2014
Amid international concern about the fate of 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram, the sultan of Sokoto, one of Nigeria’s leading Muslim figures, said that “terrorism has no place in Islam” and that “we must rise up as always with one voice to condemn all acts of terrorism.”
“I congratulate the sultan for his bold statement,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, according to a Fides news agency report.
“There seems to be an urgent need for an in-house dialogue within the Nigerian Muslim community,” he added. “Such a dialogue would make it possible to courageously and sincerely deal with currents and movements that create the kind of religious climate and atmosphere in which Boko Haram and similar groups emerge and thrive.”
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