Train Attack: Abuja Imam suspended for criticising Buhari

“You should have advised them to vote out those that transgress the Almighty and breach people’s social contract as well as the state.”
Train Attack: Abuja Imam suspended for criticising Buhari

Sheikh Nuru Khalid - the Chief Imam of Apo legislative quarters mosque in Abuja has been suspended over a sermon he delivered on Friday.

The Islamic cleric was suspended by the mosque's committee for slamming the government over its handling of the escalating insecurity and killings in the country, according to Daily Trust, quoting BBC Hausa Service.

This comes after at least eight people were killed aboard a train along the Kaduna-Abuja rail line on Monday with many others injured and an unknown number of passengers abducted by bandits.

In his sermon, Khalid lamented thus: “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.”

Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, the chairman of the mosque committee, confirmed the Imam's suspension.

The senator claimed that the Imam was suspended for delivering a sermon that can ‘incite 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.”

Meanwhile, Malam Mohammad was immediately appointed by the committee to deliver Ramadan Tafsir while Malam Abdullahi will be leading Friday prayers.

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