A group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to the Boko Haram sect to release its French hostage and her four children in the light of Islamic teachings.
MURIC Director, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, made the appeal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Ibadan.
“ We of the MURIC are deeply touched by the plight of the hostages as depicted in the photographs displayed on the pages of newspapers,’’ Akintola said.
The group referred the sect and others connected with the kidnap to Islam’s prescribed treatment of women and children at peace and war.
“The holy Prophet Muhammed described men who treat women kindly as the best among their peers.
“The Prophet also forbade Muslim warriors from harming women and children,’’ Akintola said.
A French family of seven- Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, his wife, four children and brother- was seized by the Boko Haram on Feb. 19.
The family members were seized while holidaying in a region around Cameroun’s Waza National Park.
Meanwhile, a Muslim group in Oyo State, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation, has condemned the reported infiltration of the Boko Haram sect into a part of Lagos.
The National President of the group, Mr Abdulquadir AbdulRafi, told newsmen in Ibadan that the reported discovery of the sect’s hideout in Lagos called for concerted efforts by all Nigerians to check the trend.
The briefing, which was part of activities marking the 41st annual convention of the group, was entitled: “The challenge of Youth Restiveness in a Multicultural and Multi-religious society.’’
AbdulRafi said his group was opposed to the use of violence to promote a religious belief in a secular entity.
He, however, urged the Federal Government to grant amnesty to members of the extremist sect who publicly renounced violence while diligently prosecuting those found guilty of crimes against humanity.
“ If there is a group that should be given amnesty, the government should do so and if there is anyone among them that committed heinous crimes, they should be made to face the course of justice,” he said.
AbdulRafi also condoled with the families of the founder of the World Soul Winning Evangelical Mission, Timothy Obadare, and literary giant, Prof. Chinua Achebe.