The mosque committee of Apo legislative quarters, Abuja, has suspended its Chief Imam, Shiekh Nuru Khalid, over a sermon he delivered on Friday.
In a sermon delivered on Friday, the video of which is now trending in the social media, Khalid said Buhari has failed for not fulfilling his promise to end banditry and insurgency.
Sheikh Khalid in the sermon flayed the government over its failure to tame the escalating insecurity and killings in the country.
The Imam, in his Friday sermon, criticised the President of failure to visit Kaduna over the terror attack, saying condemnation wasn’t enough.
In the sermon, the imam hinted at some measures that electorate should devise should the authorities fail to protect their lives.
”You were given four years and an addition, yet people are dying like fowls. Killing is becoming the norm in Nigeria under your watch Mr President”, he said.
He said, “Nigerian masses should resort to only one term which is – protect our lives, we will come out to vote; let us be killed, we will not come out to vote, since it’s only elections that you people know,” he added.
In a statement, the chairman of the mosque committee, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau sent to BBC Hausa Service, said the committee suspended the embattled imam over his sermon that it deemed ‘inciting public outrage’.
The statement read, “I am informing you that you have been suspended from leading prayers in the Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque from today being April 2nd, 2022 until further notice.
“The decision was taken out of the inciting Friday sermon you delivered on April 1st, 2022; where you advised people not to vote come 2023 general elections unless politicians respond to some critical questions.
“You should have advised them to vote out those that transgress the Almighty and breach people’s social contract as well as the state.”
The committee maintained that Sheikh Khalid sermon negated tenets of Islam.
The committee has immediately appointed Malam Mohammad who will deliver Ramadan Tafsir while Malam Abdullahi will be leading Friday prayers.
Sheikh Khalid has been an avid critic of the government over the escalation of insecurity in Nigeria.
His latest sermon is coming a couple of days following terrorists’ devastating attack on Kaduna-bound train where a yet-to-be ascertained number of passengers were killed and others abducted.
Many Nigerians have condemned the suspension.
Senator Shehu Sani, leading the reactions, has condemned the sack as unconscionable.
“His criticisms of the Government reflects the views of most Nigerians.He spoke truth to power at the right time.I urge the committee to reverse the decision”, he tweeted on Sunday.
A.M. Saleem also tweeting condemned the suspension of the bold Imam.\
“Sheikh Nuru Khalid fault was calling out this incompetent Govt for showing lackadaisical manner to commiserate with the victims of Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
He was suspended off his duty for telling them the truth. I think this is why clerics are afraid to call Buhari out”, he wrote.
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