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Muslim clerics want madrassa lessons harmonised to avoid radicalisation

04 May 2015, 10:41 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Muslim clerics in Vihiga County have asked the government to harmonise the syllabuses used in their madrassa lessons so as to help reduce radicalisation that has been linked to lessons offered in mosques.

During a meeting with the security committee in the County on Friday, which was chaired by the County commissioner Boaz Cherutich, the clerics noted that the diverse syllabuses used may be a lee way for tutors to offer radicalisation to the innocent youths.

“If the government can move in and set only one syllabus to be used in all madrasa lessons in the country, it will be a step ahead in curbing the vice,” Athuman Issa, the council of imams in Vihiga chair, noted.

Athman said that they had decided on a number of issues that will help the country to fight terrorism and radicalisation of youths, noting that every mosque leader had been tasked to know their people and keep proper records of them.

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The County commissioner noted that there are youths who are alleged to have disappeared from the region and who are radicalised, but said that their exact number is still not known.

“We have information that the youths from vulnerable backgrounds are the ones who have been mostly affected as they are easy targets for radicalisation,” said Cherutich.

He said that among the resolutions arrived at during the meeting with over 30 imams, was to include the church leaders in the Nyumba Kumi initiative, and foster good relationship between the leaders and other people.

He appealed to the youths from the region who might have joined radicalised groups to come out and take advantage of the amnesty given by the President.

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