Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wards in order to prevent them from being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.
The Minister cited the recent recruitment into ISIS of 27 medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, UMST, in Sudan.
The minister stressed that 22 of the 27 students, who travelled to Syria to join ISIS, are Britons of Sudanese origin.
"According to the report, the students were recruited by Mohammed Fakhri Al-khabbas, a former UMST student from Middlesborough, United Kingdom.
“Many of the students are children of reputable doctors in the UK. Their social media accounts also revealed them as praising jihadists and championing ISIS’ cause".
Mr. Mohammed therefore appealed to Nigerians, especially those who have children and wards in foreign academic institutions, to pay more attention to their activities, while urging schools across the country to enlighten their students on the new ISIS’ recruitment strategy. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 04/04/2017)