Obasanjo exalts Islam; calls for end to terrorism

– Chief Olusegun Obasanjo praised Islam, describing it as a religion of peace

– The former president noted that those using the name of the religion to commit atrocities were criminals

– He said he risked his life to talk sense to Boko Haram

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the perception that Muslims are terrorists is not only false but ridiculous and that the religion preaches peace.

Vanguard reports that the former president spoke at the 64th annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammat which took place in Ogun state.

Obasanjo said he reached out to the dreaded Boko Haram sect to talk sense to its leadership over the image of the religion at the risk of his life.

He said the teaching of Islam was of peace and love and that Prophet Muhammad encouraged goodness.

He said: “I learnt that the lifestyle of Muhammad was that he did and encouraged all to talk softly, walk humbly, eat moderately, breathe deeply, sleep sufficiently, dress properly, interact politely, act fearlessly, work efficiently, think truthfully, believe correctly, behave decently, learn practically, plan orderly, earn honestly, spend intelligently, sacrifice regularly, serve diligently, worship, live peacefully and die faithfully.

“However, as you are all aware, the global image of Islam is constructed by the actions and in actions of a tiny minority that grabs the headlines with their horrendous activities, whether they are ISIS, AI-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, The Taliban or our own Boko Haram. Organisations like yours cannot afford to be complacent when the narrative or perception of Islam is dictated or informed by the fringe minority.

“It is my strong belief that those who say Muslims are terrorists because of these groups are either ignorant, mischievous or wicked. I do not subscribe to such balderdash, which was partly why I risked my life at a time to talk sense into Boko Haram when I reached out to its leaders.