FG alerts on ISIS indoctrination mobile app targeting children


The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians to the existence of a newly-launched mobile application developed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for propagating Jihad to children.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the mobile application, tagged ‘Huroof’ (Arabic alphabets or letters), is used by ISIS to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons.

“The application utilises colourful illustrations that attract and engage the attention of young children,” the Minister said, urging members of the public in general and parents in particular to be vigilant and to prevent their children and wards from being indoctrinated.

Home-grown terror group, Boko Haram, had in May 2015 claimed it had gone into alliance with the more brutal ISIS, but the US believes “there is no evidence that Boko Haram has received significant operational support or financing from Islamic State (IS)”.