Boko Haram is currently ravaging North-East Nigeria, killing, bombing innocent citizens.
Shittu made the comment while responding to a question bothering on activities of the sect, saying he could not publicly comment on the sect for fear of being lynched by the terrorist group.
“I cannot publicly comment on Boko Haram; I still have family to care of,” he said
The nominee, who noted that many northern leaders were unfairly criticised for not speaking out against the sect, explained that Boko Haram had killed anybody who spoke out against the sect.
“So anybody that still wants to live will not condemn that faceless group publicly,” he said.
Shittu, a lawyer and Islamic scholar, however, insisted that the activities of the sect negated the principles of Islam.
“They can claim to be anything. They even claim to be a Christian; but if you are Christian and still goes to babalawo (herbalist), you are not really a Christian.
“So also if you say you are a Muslim but kills innocent people, you are not really a Muslim,” he explained.
The ministerial nominee, who had earlier said he was never indicted for religious intolerance in Oyo State, however said that Islam teaches freedom of religion as a central tenet.
“If Almighty Allah says he wants everybody to be of same faith, he will have done so,” Shittu added.