Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Thursday inaugurated a body of scholars with the mandate to regulate Islamic preaching to prevent indoctrination in the Boko Haram-ravaged state.
“We must take firm, consistent and knowledge-based steps to continuously separate between those clerics who preach in the name of Allah and those who kill in the name of Allah,” he said at the inauguration ceremony in Maiduguri.
“Often times, preachers with violent attention start on a normal note, they tend to start by being nice, they exhibit friendship to gain acceptance before they systematically begin to share misguided ideologies in their true colours,” he said.
He added that plans are on ground to raise a board that will monitor the proliferation of traditional Islamiyya, Tsangaya or Almajiri.
There are also plans to raise Arabic schools to “protect noble schools from infiltration by others which may have hidden motives aimed at teaching violent doctrines,” he added.
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