Sheikh Nuru Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo legislative quarters in Abuja, has been suspended by the mosque committee following a sermon he delivered on Friday, April 1.
Sheikh Khalid remarked against the government’s failure to deal with insecurity in the country during his sermon.
He also mentioned the President Buhari inability to visit Kaduna following the terror assault, saying that Buhari’s condemnation of the attack was insufficient.
He claimed that the President was in Kaduna for a campaign rally but declined to return after the bombing.
“Everyone criticized the tragedy, save the bandits,” he stated. As a result, censure is insufficient. The President should pay a visit to the state to express his condolences to the victims.
“The President has campaigned in Kaduna, but he was unable to pay a sympathy visit to the state.”
He then recommended that if the authorities failed to protect their life, the electorate develop a measure.
“The Nigerian masses should use only one term: safeguard our lives, and we will come out to vote; let us be killed, and we will not come out to vote, since elections are all you people know,” he stated.
Sheikh Khalid was suspended after his sermon.
The Imam was terminated on April 1 for an inflammatory lecture, according to Sai’du Muhammed Dansadau, chairman of the mosque steering committee.
He explained that the Imam preached against civic duty by instructing voters to give political leaders conditions before electing them.
The sermon, according to Dansadau, was anti-Islamic.
Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau issued a statement announcing Sheikh Khalid’s suspension, saying, “I am telling you that you have been suspended from leading prayers in the Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque from today, April 2nd, 2022, until further notice.”
“The judgment was based on your incendiary Friday sermon on April 1st, 2022, in which you recommended people not to vote in the general elections of 2023 until politicians responded to some key questions.
“You should have instructed them to vote out those who disobey the Almighty and break both the people’s and the state’s social contracts.”
Malam Mohammad will deliver the Ramadan Tafsir, while Malam Abdullahi will lead Friday prayers, according to the committee.