A ministerial candidate, Adebayo Shittu, who was screened by the Senate on Tuesday declined to openly remark on the radical Boko Haram order, saying he feared for his security. Boko Haram is at present assaulting North-East Nigeria, slaughtering, besieging honest natives.
Mr. Shittu, reacting to a question relating the exercises of group, said he couldn’t freely comment on the sect, expressing trepidation over his wellbeing.
“I cannot publicly comment on Boko Haram; I still have family to care of,” he said
He noted that many northern leaders were “unfairly” criticised for not speaking out against the sect.
Mr. Shittu explained that Boko Haram had killed anybody who spoke out against the sect.
“So anybody that still wants to live will not condemn that faceless group publicly.”
Mr. Shittu, a lawyer and Islamic scholar, however, insisted that the activities the sect negated the principles of Islam.
“They can claim to be anything,” the ministerial nominee. “They even claim to be a Christian; but if you are Christian and still goes to babalawo (herbalist), you are not really a Christian.
“So also if you say you are a Muslim but kills innocent people, you are not really a Muslim,” he explained.
He further said Islam teaches freedom of religion as a central tenet, pointing that “Almighty Allah says he wants everybody to be of same faith, he will have done so”.
He had earlier said he was never indicted for religious intolerance in Oyo State.