Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday said exposure of the youths of nowadays to information technology and new social media dragged the youths into joining Jihadist and Boko Haram groups.
Speaking during the 10th Annual Ramadan Lecture organized by VON, NTA/FRCN held in Kaduna yesterday, the Emir said the youths learn new ideologies from the internet and after watching they get up to go to Iraqi and Syria to join the Jihadist group.
According to him, “ with Information technology and emergence of internet and social media today, youths go on the computer and they learn Islam from facebook and twitter. They learn Islam from video’s they watch on facebook and after 14 to 15 hours of watching new things they need to become jihadist.
“They get up and go to Iraq or Syria or somewhere and join the group. And there are no controls. Right inside your house, your son can be sitting upstairs in the bedroom getting indoctrinated into an extremist without your knowledge. We need to watch what our children watch. And we need to talk to them. If we do not give them the correct Islamic Education, they will find the wrong education on the internet.
“Now, this is very important because we have spent so much time in ignorant. I know we must send our children to school to acquire western education which is very important. You have children going to England and becoming radicalised in American on the internet not only in the Muslim countries. So we need to make sure that we give our children correct Islamic education especially to take them away from religion Extremism.
“In the 21st century the muslim ummah is facing enormous challenges. This century is facing challenges such as changing from traditional lifestyle to modern lifestyles. The increasing independence of women and awareness of their rights represents huge challenges especially on matters of marriage and divorce. Are we still living in the era which father can force their daughters into marriage without their permission? Yes we are. Early marriage, yes we are in Nigeria. And it is hurting and destroying our society. We are the ones to address these social issues and they are problems.
“And you know from taking her out of school and forcing her into marriage without education result to having a child from her who does not have a mother that can give him training. That is a child that gets on drugs, hemp or joins Boko Haram. All these things are connected. We have to face these challenges,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director General of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Ladan Salihu advocates for regulations of Islamic preaching which tends to pollute the minds of the Muslim Ummahs resultant of the sinister group found around today in the society.
“I’m one of those who subscribe to the fact that preaching must be regulated. The situation we have now is people who preach are not checked. In fact, those who preach nowadays are preaching to win group to their sides not souls to the way of Allah,” Salihu stated.
However, the annual ramadan lecture has its topic as “The Challenges of Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century.”

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