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Al-Qaeda’s rejection of Obama’s peace overtures condemned

While reacting to the development, he told Weekly Trust yesterday in Abuja that it is unIslamic for any peace-loving person – a Muslim for that…

While reacting to the development, he told Weekly Trust yesterday in Abuja that it is unIslamic for any peace-loving person – a Muslim for that matter – to turn down such positive advance considering the nature of the current Israeli administration.

He said “No US president has been as pro-Islam as Obama,” recalling a pledge by Obama at his inaugural speech that he (Obama) will not fight Islamic countries and the global Muslim community.

“We have a very decent (US) president now,” he said. “We are talking of Obama who is very decent against (former President George W.) Bush who was a Zionistcompared to tool.

Alhaji Hassan Hadejia, Shettiman Hadejia, also accused Bush of being responsible for all the sufferings and killings in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, saying the cluster bombs used in the 2006 Israeli war against the Hizbollah  in southern Lebanon and Gaza were supplied by the Bush administration.

“Israeli leaders,” he said, “did worse than what the Nazis did to them, because the Nazis did not use cluster bombs, instead they used gas. What the Israelis did was the worst in humanity to a fellow mankind. All this happened with the active connivance of Bush.”

The former minister said instead of maintaining the hard line attitude by Al-Qaeda, “we should encourage and support Obama” who he said has started well by talking to the Muslim world in a more friendly and reassuring manner.

“As I am talking to you now, Obama is in Saudi Arabia as a demonstration of his pledge to make peace with the Arabs. I am sure he would do the same with other Arab countries,” he said.

He warned that should Al-Qaeda maintain this hard posture against Obama, it is likely to lose the sympathy it currently enjoys in the Muslim world. ”No right-thinking person in any part of the world, whether Muslim or Christian or whoever supported the double standards of the Bush administration’s so-called foreign policy which encouraged one policy in one country and attacked another country on the same issue as shown in Iran and North Korea on nuclear programmes.”

It is better to make peace when a genuine time has provided itself instead of engaging in some kind of adventure which would portray Muslims as being the aggressors, he said. “The real aggressor has left and now there is a peace harbinger in Obama. So why the hard stance?”

He said already Obama is beginning to win over other pro-Islamic movements such as Hamas, students shop owners and other radical groups after he impressed them with his positive shift, though they are urging him to match his speeches with concrete actions.

He also referred to the applause that greeted Obama in Cairo, Egypt where he opened his speech with the Islamic salutation of Assalamu Alaikum, saying all this showed good intention which has been well received by a wide spectrum of Arabs, adding that Al-Qaeda will do well by allowing reason to prevail by joining the fray except if it wants to be isolated.