JUST IN: Mosque Committee sacks suspended Chief Imam who criticized Buhari
The Apo Legislative Quarter Central Mosque’s Committee, Abuja, has sacked Sheikh Nuru Khalid as Chief Imam of the Mosque following his suspension from duties for criticizing the federal government’s handling of security issues in the country.
Solacebase reports that the letter was titled” Letter of disengagement from the services of National Assembly Mosque.”
The expulsion letter dated April,4th, 2022 and signed by the chairman of the mosque committee, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, reads in part:
“We regret to inform you that from today the 4th day of April you have been disengaged from the services of the above-mentioned mosque.
“This action is occasioned by the non-remorseful attitude you exhibited following your suspension on 2nd April this year.
“Akaramakallah you know better than me by the teachings of Islam , the essence of administering punishment is to correct behavior.
“Unfortunately, your media reaction to the suspension creates the impression that you are not remorseful, not to talk of humbly reflecting on the consequences of your utterances.”
Solacebase had earlier reported that the cleric had blamed himself, parents, community leaders and particularly President Buhari administration for not playing their part to secure the country.
“Let me tell Mr President, under your watch bandits are demanding, are taxing Nigerians. Is that the provision of the constitution of Nigeria?
“Under the constitution, no one has a right to tax Nigerians except authorised by the Federal Government,” he had said.
The sacked letter also read,’’ Unfortunately, your media reaction to the suspension creates the impression that you are not remorseful, NOT to talk of humbly reflecting on the consequences of your utterances. Leadership demands a great sense of responsibly. If our words do more harm than good to larger interest of the country or the public. We have a responsibly to maximum restraint for the good of public It is obvious however, that you don’t seem keen to modify your Friday sermon to be reflective of the volatility of security situation In the country.
You are an influencer; your words carry a lot of weights, your words can make or mar our situation. Your words can be taken advantage of by mischief makers, those responsible for these security challenges or enemies of the country for their devilish agendas. As lenders of the mosque we have a sacred responsibility to avoid utterances that are capable of making a bad situation worse. This is our fear and concern.
His sermon subsequently earned him a suspension by the committee which accused him of inciting public outrage.
Chief Imam Sheikh Nuru