In her quest to promote Islam as a non-violent religion and find enduring solutions to terrorism, the Muslim World League has invited the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to speak at a discussion in Saudi Arabia.
According to a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola will be in Saudi Arabia to discuss how to correct the erroneous impression of Jihad and terrorism and proffer lasting solutions to the worsening scourge.
Governor Aregbesola has been very vociferous in his condemnations of the activities of insurgents in parts of Nigeria and other places around the world where terrorism has caused untold carnage.
The meeting will come up at the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz AlSaud in Mecca between the 22nd and 24th of February this year.
The Muslim World League is interested in ending the danger of terrorism and the impact of its propaganda on the Muslim community across the world.
According to the invitation letter addressed to Aregbesola, “We are planning to convene a conference on ‘COMBATING TERRORISM’ under the leadership of the custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. It will by the grace of Allah hold in Makkah between 3rd and 5th/5/1436 -22nd to 24th February2015.
“Muslim World League is inviting you to a partnership in this regard to, together, stimulate discussion on the causes of this conflict”.
Governor Aregbesola has been very consistent and persistent in using every medium he has to condemn acts that have continued to paint Muslims in bad light.
As late as January 15th 2015 on the occasion of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Aregbesola had restated his position on the need for a dogged war against insurgents.
Specifically, the governor had in the past also identified acute poverty as a major source of strength for the insurgents arguing that terrorists would run out of suicide bombers if all governments address the problem of poverty.
He had cited various authorities to strengthen his position that issues of faith are personal and that it is not Islamic to compel anyone to follow one’s own faith.