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If We Are Not Careful, In The Next 50 Years, Islam Will Dominate The Continent Of Africa – PLO Lumumba

Anti-corruption advocate and former Director of the Kenya Law School, Prof. PLO Lumumba, has expressed concern over the apparent nonchalant attitude of governments of African countries toward curtailing the scourge of militant Islamist terrorists ravaging the continent.

He made the remarks when he appeared as a guest at the online interview programme “90Minutes Africa” hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo on Sunday.

A large number of Africa is currently under the occupation of Islamist terrorists and other non-state actors whose violent activities have led to the death of thousands and displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

For instance, In Nigeria, the menacing activities of Boko Haram and the Islamic State have devastated many communities in the north, with mass kidnappings, killings, and extortion featuring prominently in their atrocious methods.

Prof. Lumumba, who is the chairman of the PLO Lumumba Foundation, argued that the ideology of these terrorist groups operating in Africa should be viewed in the context of the Abuja declaration, which stated that there is a plot by radical elements in the “Islamic world to Arabize and Islamize Africa.”

Lumumba went further, saying that it is in the context of that statement from the Abuja declaration that we must see the Boko Haram, Al-Shaabab and the other splinter groups’ activities in Africa.

“One can see in the entire Sahelian region now, from Mauritania to Mali to Burkina Faso to Sudan to Niger to Libya, how this agenda is playing out. In my view, there is no deliberate effort on the part of African governments to deal with this particular version of Islam which I think is not classical Islam. “These are terrorists who are using the name of Islam to spread an ideology which is violent and is designed to dominate. And they have not only captured the Sahelian region and parts of North Africa, but they can also be found in the Horn of Africa,” the law professor said.

“And we don’t seem to have a plan to check their spread in the continent. If we are not careful, in the next 50 years, it is this bastardized version of Islam that will dominate the continent of Africa,” Prof. Lumumba said.

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