The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria on Monday took a dig at Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau, describing him as a coward and challenged him to appear in public.
The council also said if Shekau is bold and courageous enough as leader of Boko Haram, he should come out of hiding and face security forces.
According to Secretary General of the council, Nafi’u Baba Ahmed, who stated this during a press briefing in Kaduna noted that Shekau’s confession of the murder of Sheikh Jafar Adam exposed his complete ignorance of Islam and its laws.
“Shekau should be bold enough to face security forces, if he is truly the courageous leader of Boko Haram he claims to be,” Nafi’u Baba-Ahmed.
“Shekau gleeful confession to the brutal murder of late Sheik Ja’afar Adam revealed his clear ignorance of the teachings of Islam which he claims to champion.”
The council therefore, issued what it called an intellectual challenge to Shekau on his group’s “crooked religious ideology.”
It appreciated efforts of the Federal Government to tackle insecurity, but said current resurgence demands new strategies, alternative approaches and options in addressing the problems.
The Shari’ah council also said that the present service chiefs must be called to account over the resurgence of security threats including Boko Haram attacks and other threats across the country.
It noted that the video allegedly released by Shekau was a collective challenge to all well-meaning Nigerians desirous of peace and stability.
“The release of the video itself is a sad indication of the evident failure of strategies and efforts of government in tackling Boko Haram insurgency in particular and the myriads of equally horrendous security threats bedevilling the country.”
The council, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to decisively crush Boko Haram insurgency and restore order in the country, in line with his campaign promises.