West & Central Africa

Boko Haram video: ‘there can never be peace between Muslims and Christians’

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, in a new video claimed there can never be peace or reconciliation between Muslims and Christians.

“The infidels (Christians) who want to live among them (Muslims) will be given the stipulated conditions (by the Quran),” he declared. “How can an infidel using a constitution and democracy and western education be allowed to stay with Muslims?”
Shekau condemned Muslim Imams who are calling for reconciliations or sympathy with Christians. “Those of you who call yourselves Imams, you must have fear for the hadith and Allah. You know the Quran has categorized people into three; there are the devout, there are infidels and there are hypocrites.

“There is no way you can bring all these in one place to work together; there is Christianity and there is Islam. To meet in the mosque and meet in the Church. What is this (rubbish)? Mohammed didn’t do this, Said Abubakar didn’t do this… where do you place these in the hadith? When you say peace and reconciliation, you must first be devout Muslim.” Shekau argued the conditions for dealing with Christians are clear in the Quran. He rounded on a Muslim cleric, Khalifa Aliyu Ahmad Abdullahi, who condemned the Islamic terrorist group for attacking Christians and destroying Churches in a Voice of America interview. Shekau said, “You Imams read the 60th chapter (of the Quran) and you interpret it in your mosques and yet you degrade the name of Muslims. These will be on your heads if you don’t convert (to proper Islam) let them all convert to Islam then we can all live tog

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Boko Haram demonstrated its strength this week by detonating multiple bombs. One of the blasts, on Sunday night, in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno, was at the University of Maiduguri campus. Borno police reported that 16 people were killed including the suicide bombers and 13 were injured.

Reacting to the attacks, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima visited the university on Monday. He announced the release of N50m (£250,000) for security on the campus.