CAIRO: Egypt’s Sheikh al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb will give a speech Tuesday in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja, about peace in Islam and the challenges posed by extremism and terrorism, al-Azhar Sheikhdom said in a statement.
“From the Abuja International Conference Centre and in the presence of senior scholars and a large number of Nigerian officials and public figures, the Grand Imam will address a speech, Tuesday, to the African peoples and Muslims all over the world, entitled ‘Islam a religion of Peace: Challenges of Confronting Extremism and Terrorism,’” the statement said.
Al-Tayeb and his accompanying delegation arrived in Abuja Monday evening for the first time since he assumed his post. He is expected to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the President’s residence to discuss the efforts of counter-terrorism, the statement added.
Al-Tayeb’s visit came in light of activating the efforts of the Muslim Council of Elders “to foster values of peace, spread the culture of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence, strengthen the true concepts of Islam and to affirm the moderation of Islam and its rejection of violence and terrorism,” the statement continued.
Nigeria suffers from a militant presence of the extremist group Boko Haram, which previously announced its affiliation to the Islamic State group. Armed Clashes have taken place between the group and the government military for six years leaving thousands dead and displacing many others. In 2014, the militant group kidnapped 300 female students.