An Islamic scholar, Prof. Adam Okene Ahmed, on Tuesday, revealed that the Boko Haram terrorist group, popularly known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Liddaawati Wal-jihad, killed over 200 well-known Islamic scholars between 2011 and 2015.
The Scholar, who spoke at the seventh professorial inaugural lecture series of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, also stressed that the sect does not represent the teachings and practice of the religion of Islam.
In the lecture titled: “Boko Haram Since 2009: A Study in Security History,” he said: “There’s no doubt that Boko Haram and its activities can be traced to Islam but only as heretical and vicious sect inside the fold.
“Boko Haram’s leadership has consistently been claiming this position and has tried severally to justify their Islam-ness by relying on textual and scriptural evidences that they often than not quote out of context and without the chains and justifications of revelation.”
In September 2010, an Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Bashir Mustapha, an outspoken critic of the sect was murdered in his home.
Another prominent Islamic Ibrahim Birkuti, was on June 2011, shot dead by the islamic sect.
Also in September 2012, some suspected Boko Haram members shot dead a renown Islamic Cleric Ustaz Bukar Goni Kolo in Maiduguri, Borno State.
In February 2014, a Nigerian Muslim cleric, Sheik Adam Albani, who openly criticized Islamist sect Boko Haram was killed in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Nigerian government, in 2015, arrested former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for allegedly distributing billions of naira meant for arms purchase for the fight against the insurgent Boko Haram group, to politicians, his cronies and family members.
He has since been arraigned before an Abuja High Court on a 19-count charge of money laundering and breach of public trust.