The cleric said Boko Haram represented no one.
The National Missioner of Ansar-ud-deen Society (ADS), Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, has declared the Boko Haram insurgency a collective embarrassment to all faiths in the country.
Mr. Ahmad, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, said the group represented no religious interest, adding that their objective had yet to be known.
He said that it was difficult to know in whose interest they were fighting as they had attacked all faiths.
“I state unequivocally that Islam is different from Boko Haram. We don’t know who they are, their sponsors and why they are killing people.
“They ought not to be killing Muslim scholars, if truly they are fighting in the interest of Islam,” Mr. Ahmad said.
He described the group’s action as anti-Islam, and ungodly, noting that Islam is a religion which appreciates knowledge and research.
“The Muslims were the front-runners in scientific education before the industrial revolution and would not have negated education.
“In this regard, the ADS and other notable Islamic organisations had contributed immensely to the nation’s educational development,” the missioner said.
Speaking on the use of hijab, Mr. Ahmad said that the Muslim community had designed one that was moderate for use in schools.
He stressed that everyone was entitled to his or her religious conviction.