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Nation of Islam makes plea for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

A CALL has been made by the religious group, the Nation of Islam, to the president of Nigeria to negotiate with members of Boko Haram who kidnapped nearly 300 girls in April to have the girls set free.

Ackbar Muhammed, a representative of the group and also a top aide of Louis Farrakhan, was in this country over the weekend and made the call on Saturday night when he addressed a group of Muslims at the Mucurapo compound of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen.

The girls were kidnapped by  Boko Haram and continue to be held captive since April 14. Muhammed is questioning why Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has refused to negotiate with the kidnappers. 

“He should be negotiating to get those girls free. The Palestinians got 1,000 of their brothers free for one Israeli, 1,000 Palestinians got out of jail to free one Israeli. They negotiated. So if it’s negotiation it takes freeing some Boko Haram brothers that are locked up, to free those young girls, he should say I’m ready to go to the north to meet with them to negotiate in order to free those girls,” Muhammad said.

Only a few days ago, Boko Haram was classified as a terrorist group by the United Nations Security Council, and Muhammad sought to explain to local Muslims, the background of the group.

“They had a legitimate struggle, but when they killed Mohammed Yusuf, and the way they executed him, put it up all on the Internet, and everybody was looking at it they recruited more people to Boko Haram who were more radical than Mohammed Yusuf, when he started,” Muhammad said.

 

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