Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Sunday, begun a nationwide campaign against radicalisation and to cement the community policing ideology against the transnational organised crime.
The campaign conducted concurrently in Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Kamonyi and Gatsibo districts seeks to educate the young people particularly the Muslim youth against extremism.
The young people are the majority targeted by jihadist groups.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Denis Basabose, the Commissioner for counter-terrorism in RNP, observed that the Islamic faith contribute to the national values.
He was speaking to Muslim youth, teachers as well as Islamic leaders at Magengo Mosque in Nyarugenge.
CP Basabose urged them to desist and condemn such jihadist tendencies.
“Don’t associate yourselves with such evil-minded people that use the Islamic name for their criminal ends,” CP Basabose told the students.
He observed that some unwitting Muslim youth were in the past misguided and radicalized by self-seeking charismatic Muslim leaders into terror activities.
He, however, commended the role of Muslim leadership in Rwanda in educating Islamic community on the true meaning of their faith and mindset change.
“A careful interpretive analysis of the jihadi groups’ literature reveals that their major concerns are not religious, but political expressed in religious language” CP Basabose said.
“What makes people susceptible to the violent extremist ideology of the jihad groups is lack of knowledge; don’t fall for their propaganda,” he added.
He was, however, happy to note that cases radicalization are rare and urged members of the Muslim faith never to drift from the cause of further making Rwanda free from extremists.
The Imam of of Kigali, Sheikh Musa Sindayigaya reiterated the commitment of Muslim community to work with security organs to front the ideals of building a safer country.
Sheikh Sindayigaya urged the youth to join hands with other Rwandans to fight anything that can destabilize their country, and engage in income generating activities.
He noted that extremism is against the Islamic faith.
Sheikh Sindayigaya appealed to them to disassociate themselves from such criminal tendencies and instead report anyone that attempts to radicalise them.