Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Islamic bloc chief Iyad Madani condemns Nigeria kidnappings

Associated Press | Jiddah | Posted: May 10, 2014 9:07 pm | Updated: May 10, 2014 9:49 pm

Iyad Madani, the secretary-general of the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said that the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls is a “barbaric” and “inhumane” act.

The kidnapping by the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria has prompted worldwide condemnation. The group claims to use Islamic teachings as justification for threatening to sell the kidnapped girls into slavery.

“This is inhumane and barbaric,” Iyad Madani told The Associated Press on Saturday from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s headquarters in Saudi Arabia in his first interview with the media since officially taking office in January.

He said such extremist groups “not only disavow their Islam, but also their humanity.”

Madani says sectarian violence is among the most important challenges facing the Muslim world. The OIC is comprised of 57 Muslim-majority member states.

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