July 25, 2024

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Abuja: Mosque Suspends Imam For Criticising Buhari

The Chief Imam of the Apo legislative quarters Mosque, Abuja, Sheikh Nuru Khalid, has been suspended over a sermon he delivered on Friday, April 1. His suspension was announced by the chairman of the mosque committee who did not agree with the sermon that was deemed “inciting.” In the sermon, Sheikh Khalid had spoken against the failure of the government to curb the rising insecurity killings in the country. He also advised the electorates on what to do if the government fails to protect them.

The Sheikh stated: “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.” The chairman of the mosque committee, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, said the embattled imam was suspended over his sermon that it deemed ‘inciting public outrage’. The suspension, which took effect on April 2, is till further notice.

The statement read in part: “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.”

Reacting to his suspension, Khalid, popularly known as Digital Imam, in a post written in Arabic, said “God is the most powerful. He gives (enthrones) and takes away power (dethrones) from whomever He wishes”. The Imam also urged Nigerians not to relent in praying for Nigeria and its leaders.

Khalid’s sermon came a few days after terrorists launched an attack on a Kaduna-bound train where a yet-to-be ascertained number of passengers were killed and others abducted.