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Borno Initiates Board to Check Radical Islamic Preaching

The Borno state government has set up a board to check the activities of radical Islamic preachers in the state. Governor Kashim Shettima says the board will help curtail the spread of Boko Haram ideology.

The group, named Borno State Islamic Preaching Board, (BSIPB) is expected to spy on preachers who may want to spread radicalised doctrines.

Shettima follows after his counterpart, Governor Nasir El-Rufai. El-Rufai’s move to initiate a bill to regulate religious preaching sparked controversy but this has also been adopted by his Borno counterpart although Borno’s board only targets Islamic preachers.
The board is headed by Chief Imam Zannah Ahmed with representatives from other Islamic denominations.

Shettima said there was plan to also set up a board to monitor the proliferation of traditional Islamiyya, Tsangaya or Almajiri and Arabic schools for the purpose of “protecting noble schools from infiltration by others that may have hidden motives.”

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