Malam Muhammad Nafi’u, the Chief Imam of Nupe Road Juma’at Mosque, Kaduna, has urged Muslims to offer special prayers for the release of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Borno.
He made the call in an interview after the Friday prayer in Kaduna.
More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their hostel at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno 32 days ago.
The chief imam also urged parents not to be discouraged from enrolling their children in schools because of what he described as a “devilish act”.
He said “in Islam, it is obligatory on parents to educate their children.
“Parents and guardians must give both western and Islamic education to their children and wards for their lives here on earth and hereafter.’’
The cleric said the activities of Boko Haram were against the teachings of Islam, adding that “Islam is a religion of peace, which does not accept violence.’’
Nafi’u, who appealed to the Boko Haram members to release the girls unconditionally, urged Nigerians to assist security operatives by giving useful information on the whereabouts of the girls to secure their safe release.
He attributed the prevailing intolerance by most Nigerians to ignorance and the lack of proper knowledge of religious injunctions.
He stressed the need for peace in order to achieve development, adding that peace was the bedrock of any development. [NAN]