President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged religious leaders in the country to assist government to overcome forces of destruction by instructing their followers to guard against religious extremism and terrorism.
The President stated this when he received the leadership of Qadiriyya Islamic Movement in Africa at the State House, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
He noted that Muslim leaders have a duty to promote the principles and tenets of Islam as a religion of peace and justice, adding that those who indoctrinate children and plant explosives on them to harm innocent people do not belong to any religion but “terrorists who should be identified and fought until they give up their evil ways.’’
President Buhari commended the Qadiriyya movement for promoting education, interfaith dialogue and good moral conduct in the society, and expressed support for the proposed Islamic Centre in Abuja by the movement.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the Qadiriyya in Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Kabara had congratulated the President on his emergence as his party’s candidate for the 2019 election.