The Assembly of Muslims in Nigeria has sent 53 Nigeria Imams for training in Morocco, TheEagle reports.

This decision is aimed at countering Islamic extremism and radicalisation of Muslims in Nigeria.

In a statement by Dr. Kamal Ali, the Administrative Secretary of the Assembly, the training was sequel to letter of request written by Sheikh Saleh to the King of Morocco to sponsor the training of some Nigeria Imams at the Institute.

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Ali said the 53 Imams, who were the first batch beneficiaries, were drawn from 15 states of the country.

He listed the 15 beneficiary states from the first batch as Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States.

The Assembly said the Imams already arrived Morocco on January 20 and 22 respectively and started the courses at different levels.

“The content of the courses are based on the Sunni school of Law, which teaches and preaches the moderate Islam to counter the wide spread phenomenon of radicalisation and extremism,” AMIN said.

Ali, however, said the levels of the trainees and duration of the courses varied from a minimum of three months to maximum of two years.