Muslim cleric shot dead in northeastern Nigeria

More Religion Of (No) Peace via Reuters. All of this because a cleric said violence was wrong…

Muslim cleric shot dead in northeastern Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Gunmen on Sunday shot dead a Muslim cleric in northeastern Nigeria who was known for giving sermons condemning the actions of an Islamic sect responsible for a series of violent attacks in recent months.

The cleric was killed outside a mosque in the remote northeastern city of Maiduguri when gunmen drove past and shot him at close range, according to a witness. The police confirmed the shooting but gave no further details.

Witnesses said the cleric was known in the local area for outspoken sermons against Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group behind months of unrest and targeted religious killings.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful”, put up posters last month in Maiduguri warning of a “full-scale war” and telling civilians to stay away from politicians and members of the security forces.

The sect wants sharia, Islamic law, more widely applied across Nigeria but its views are not espoused by most of the country’s Muslim population, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Members launched an uprising in 2009, attacking government buildings and leading to days of gun battles with the security forces in which as many as 800 people were killed.

Boko Haram repeated its claim of responsibility for Christmas Eve bombs in the central city of Jos, which triggered ethnic and religious fighting which has since killed more than 200 people.

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2 Responses to Muslim cleric shot dead in northeastern Nigeria

  1. Let me see if I’ve got this right. The cleric was a bad Muslim because he spoke of peace and was killed by the good Muslims that speake of hate.

    The devil by any other name is just as evil.

    • Jim, you nailed it… This is such a disturbing religion. I get that there are people who are considered moderates but I’m having an exceptionally hard time seeing them redefine the religion as non violent. With the exception of a very rare few muslims, such as Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, there is an overwhelming void of outspokenness about the violent nature of the religion. It is barbaric in every sense and until the voices of those who believe but actually throw away the violence, the religion will always be full of rage and hate. We can’t give it a free pass until it is fully redefined.

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