Nigeria Muslim Leader Denies Calling for Jihad, Says 'I Love Christians'

July 11, 2007

Author: Ethan Cole

Source: Christian Today

Nigeria’s top Muslim leader said that he meant no harm against Christians when he urged a Muslim group last week to counter Christian evangelism by spreading Islam.

Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 70 million Muslims, clarified to African journalists meeting in his palace last weekend that he was quoted out of context and that he never meant any violence against Christians, according to the Nigeria-based Daily Champion newspaper Monday.

“I am not a violent person. Islam is not a violent religion and we had no intention of calling for a jihad; not in the least,” Abubakar asserted on Friday, according to Daily Champion.

“Here in Sokoto, I have maintained a cordial relationship with Christians .... We truly love Christians and do not hold anything against them,” he maintained.