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Muslim Group Lambasts Boko Haram Over Conversion of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Mona Ogbeidi

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, a religious organization has blasted the Boko Haram sect, describing claims that the abducted Chibok girls have been converted to Muslims as cowardly and shameful.


Boko Haram Leader Shekarau (middle) and other members of Boko Haram

The group Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola who stated in a statement issued in Lagos reacted to a video footage posted by the deadly Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

In the video, which has gone viral on the Internet, Shekarau boasted that the abducted students who were heard reciting verses of the Quran have been converted to Muslims.

“We reject the purported conversion of the kidnapped girls; it is cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacrilege.

“We affirm authoritatively that such conversion does not hold water in Islam because a non-Muslim can only be converted on his or her own free will.

“We have no iota of doubt that the girls ‘converted’ under duress. Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah.

“The glorious Qur’an is very explicit in this regard as it says, “there is no compulsion in religion…”

“A man who orders the invasion and kidnap of innocent young girls is honor-blind. Shame on Boko Haram! Shekau has no modicum of integrity left in his anatomy. He has no intention of honoring this deal. He is trying to buy time. He is digging in.

“Members of Boko Haram are rebellious subjects and enemies of peace, we charge the Nigerian Army to go back to the drawing board and evolve more potent strategies for crushing this renegade group. To crush Boko Haram is a task that must be done.” the group declared.



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