Barely 24 hours after being sacked for criticising the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), Sheikh Nuru Khalid has gotten a new appointment.
WuzupNigeria reported that Sheikh Khalid who was the Chief Imam of National Assembly Legislators’ Quarters Mosque in Abuja was suspended over the weekend for his scathing remarks over the spate of insecurity in the country, coming after last Monday night’s attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.
Sheikh Khalid, during a sermon he delivered on Friday, said that Buhari has "failed us. We have your video telling Nigerians that the military has all the requirements to tackle insurgency and that if you're voted into power you are going to make sure that happens in a short time.
"You were given four years and an addition yet people are dying like fowls. Killing is becoming a norm under your watch. If there is no Nigerian to tell you, I will take the responsibility of telling you and I will [bear] the consequences of telling you because the lives of Nigerians are above all."
Hours after the sermon, the Islamic cleric was suspended by the committee of the mosque and he was finally sacked on Monday.
However, less than 24 hours after his sack, he’s been appointed to lead another Juma’at mosque behind the Central Bank Nigeria Quarters, Abuja.
Speaking on his new appointment, he was quoted by Vanguards as saying, “My sack is a reflection of how Nigeria is today. Many people are hiding under the cover of religion to perpetrate all manners of unwholesome acts.
“Such people would stop at nothing to take away people like me, who are pro-masses and bold enough to speak the truth to power always on behalf of voiceless Nigerians.
“This is the price we pay for aligning with the people and identifying with their sufferings.
“By the Grace of Almighty Allah, I will be leading my new congregation this Friday, because as clerics we need a platform for operating.
“There’s a Jum’mat mosque we built behind the CBN Quarters, in Abuja; I will now be leading the congregation there.”