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Train Attack: Chief Imam suspended for criticizing President Buhari

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The Chief Imam of the Apo legislative quarters, Abuja Shiekh Nuru Khalid, has been suspended over a sermon he delivered on Friday by the mosque committee.

Sheikh Khalid in the sermon lambasted the government over its failure to tame the escalating insecurity and killings in the country.

He criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for not visiting Kaduna to sympathize with the victims and their families.

‘’How times did he visited Kaduna for campaign seeking for votes but with the bomb attack on a train to Kaduna he cannot visit them, ‘’the Imam decried.

‘’It is not enough for the president to condemn the attack but for him to act.’’

In the sermon, the imam hinted at some measures that electorate should devise should the authorities fail to protect their lives.

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.

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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.

However there’s no reaction from the suspended imam as BBC couldn’t reach out to him.

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.

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