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Society is to blame for upsurge of Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab -Farah.

Somali novelist, Nuruddin Farah has blamed the society for upsurge of the dreaded terrorist groups, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and others in Africa.

Farah spoke on Saturday at the Ake Arts and Book Festival held in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria as he was being interrogated by veteran journalist, editor and author, Kunle Ajibade on his books, feminism, terrorism in Africa, his background, among others.

He said people who served their nations with their whole heart would not become tools in the hands of terrorists and their machinations.

'Who is to blame? Society is to blame because people who are educated, who are employed, who are serving their countries well will not listen to these terrorists. It is the under-employed who usually fall victims to their machinations, and that is very important. The reason is they cannot convince someone like me that they are not telling the truth about Islam.

When asked what was true bout Islam that terrorist twisted to suit their whims and caprices, Farah added: 'They are insisting that the only way of worship in Islam is to go back to the 13th century way of worship.

'Number two, they insist that if they kill any number of people and they die, they go straight to heaven; no, they go to hell, I can tell them.'

The popular novelist blamed the Arabs for religious madness and excesses being witnessed these days, opining that some of the rich Arab countries normally paid terrorists stipends so that they would attack them.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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