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[casi] Boycott dollar, trade in euros - Islamic clergy

KANO, Nigeria (AFX) - Islamic clerics in northern Nigeria called on Muslim
traders to boycott the US dollar in favour of the euro in protest against
the US-led war on Iraq.

The call was made at a televised session of the Council of Ulema, or Islamic
scholars, at Aliyu Bin Abi-Talib mosque in the northern city of Kano, with
chairman Umar Ibrahim Kabo calling the attack on Iraq "an attack on every

"The European countries have maintained their strong opposition to the
aggression against Iraq and have refused to be fooled by America into
supporting her unjustifiable crime," he added.

"We should therefore encourage transactions with the euro and stop
patronising the American dollar. We call on all Muslims of this country to
boycott all American goods to protest this aggression against Iraq."
The Hausa people of Northern Nigeria dominate the unofficial money-changing
market in much of Nigeria, and normally deal in dollars, euros and sterling.


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