The governor of Boko Haram’s birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria’s Channels TV reported.
Gov. Kashim Shettima appointed the Borno State Islamic Preaching Board Aug. 11, urging the group to monitor sermons of Islamic clerics in Borno’s 27 local government areas, especially remote locations, according to Channels.
“We must take firm, consistent and knowledge-based steps to continuously separate those clerics who preach in the name of Allah and those who kill innocent souls in the name of Allah,” Shettima said, warning the board that Boko Haram routinely regroups under the guise of religion.
The regulation of preaching in Nigeria is a controversial topic, Newsweek reported, pointing out criticism Christians and Muslims waged against Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai in March, when he proposed a law banning street preaching without an annual permit.
Boko Haram launched its first attacks in Borno in 2009, killing an estimated 25,000 and displacing 2 million since then, but has been pushed back from territories it had overtaken in northeastern Nigeria prior to 2015 national elections.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press