El-Zomor condemns abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls

Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 May 2014

The Nigerian government's 'excesses' against Islamist movements notwithstanding, says Tarek El-Zomor, Boko Haram's abduction of schoolgirls is still unacceptable

Tarek El-Zomor
Jamaa Islamiya spokesman Tarek El-Zomor (Photo:Reuters)

Tarek El-Zomor, leader of the Construction and Development Party, has denounced the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist Boko Haram group.

El-Zomor, who belonged to the radical Islamic Jihad group, was convicted in 1984 for his role in the assassination of Egypt’s former president Anwar Sadat. After spending 27 years in jail, he was released in 2011 following the 25 January revolution, but then fled to Qatar when his assets were frozen in 2013.

El-Zomor mentioned Wednesday on his Facebook page that, although he condemns the excesses of the Nigerian government in dealing with Islamist movements, he cannot accept the abduction of the schoolgirls.

On Monday, 14 April, heavily armed men affiliated to Boko Haram raided a Nigerian governmental secondary school for girls and kidnapped over 200 of them from the dormitories, threatening to sell the girls as slave brides.

The incident continues to stir the growing dismay and concern of the international community, including the United Nations, the US, Britain and other countries.

"This cannot be the right Islamic approach to implement in the 21st century," El-Zomor stated.

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