Boko Haram: Muslims promise improved relationship with Christians

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The newly sworn-in president of the Muslim community in Ifako-Ijaye local government, Lagos State, Alhaji Abd’Taleeb Oyedeji has assured Christian faithful in the area, of improved co-existence, even in the face of the ongoing security threat posed by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

Oyedeji and his new executive officers were sworn-in at the weekend by Chief Imam of the state, Alhaji Garba Akinola through the Chairman, state Muslim pilgrimage board, Alhaji Abdulateef Abdulhakeem at the Ishaga central mosque, to pilot the affairs of the council for another three years.

In his acceptance, Oyedeji said, “To our brethren in the Christian faith, I say it’s another new dawn of peaceful and social friendly administration as witnessed in the past. This is because Islam itself connotes peace. We need to shift the broader perception of Muslims away from the international politics and conflicts, and emphasise on the important contributions of Islam and Muslims to the world.”

He stressed, “I believe that at a personal level, we do not associate the Muslims we interact with on a daily basis with international terrorism. Yet, when we hear the fanatical utterances of certain sects, we tend to tag the whole Muslims with those attitudes; this I know is a matter of extreme embarrassment.”

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