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'Majority of Boko Haram members not Muslims' ... 19/05/2014 Politics

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TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) – Iran’s special envoy at OIC (Organization of the Islamic Cooperation) has said 90 per cent of Boko Haram members are not Muslims.

Hamid Reza Dehqani urged Islamic countries and OIC to take serious measures against the groups which falsely claim to be Muslims whereas they promote violence.

He added that Boko Haram was established in 2002 by Mohammad Yousef, a Saudi trained Arab, in Nigeria and Sunnis became the main members of the group then. They meant to boycott western education and books at the beginning. Between 2002 and 2009, they expand the group in Nigeria and infiltrated mosques and Islamic centers.They dominated some parts of Nigeria and could mostly spread in northern parts of the country due to poverty overshadowing the population of the region. Since 2009 and after Yousef died, a Nigerian has been appointed the leader of Boko Haram.

Dehqani continued that “although the leaders are Muslims but the body of Boko Haram is now non-Muslims.” He asserted that “whatever Boko Haram does in Africa and Nigeria is a part of a bigger project going on in western and non-Arab Africa to promote a wrong feature of Islam due to lack of knowledge and illiteracy of the members of people.”

Dehqani held that western powers interfering with such matters not only did not help end the problems but on purpose lead to display a wrong, brute face.

He maintained that they should try to eliminate poverty from African countries and hold meetings among scholars of Islamic and Christian societies to prevent any religious tension.

Dehqani added that “what is going on in Africa is not a conflict among religions but rather a political fight since there exist groups which pretend to be religious to take in public attention.“

Boko Haram had already abducted a group of 300 girls in north-east Nigeria and the OIC condemned its terrorist actions taken there.

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