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Nigeria: Aliyu - Boko Haram Not the Face of Islam

Chairman, Northern Governors' Forum and Niger State governor, Alhaji Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Saturday said the Boko Haram insurgency was unnecessary as he attributed the problem bedevilling the North to ignorance about Islam.

Aliyu also pleaded with the former vice president, Abubakar Atiku, to rise up to the challenge and strive to salvage the North.

Speaking at the 50th anniversary of Sheikh Gumi Memorial College in Sokoto, Saturday, Aliyu maintained that Boko Haram does not represent Islam.

According to him, the leadership in the North must strive to educate the people on the need to understand the true meaning of Islam.

He decried the security situation in the North which, according to him, was caused by the Boko Haram insurgency and challenged the leadership to pay attention to the education of the youths.

"We must educate our people to understand their roles and the true meaning of Islam because if we do that, the Boko Haram problem will not be there.

"As a Muslim, you cannot commit suicide or kill anybody in the name of Islam because if you commit suicide, you are going to hell. So, we must pay attention to the education of our children," he stressed.

Aliyu also pleaded with former vice president Atiku to strive to unite the North so that the region could negotiate properly what it deserved.

The Niger State governor, who took a cursory look at the security situation in the North, said the people were looking up to the former vice president to salvage the region.

"We look up to Atiku for guidance and wisdom to help us to unite, so that we can take our rightful place in the country," Aliyu stated.

He lauded the Sultan of Sokoto for his unrelenting efforts in promoting unity and harmony in the country.

In a remark, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, stressed the need for old boys to assist their alma mater.

He pledged that the Sultanate Council would continue to support the school.

Also speaking, the outgoing President of Alhuda Old Boys Association, Prof. Sambo Junaidu, called on the Federal Government to transform the school to a unity college in order to forge unity among the students and provide teachers for the system.

At the end of the ceremony, a book was launched on the life and times of the first principal of the College, late Alhaji Hamidu Alkali.

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