Shiekh Nuru Khalid, Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Abuja, who was purportedly suspended over ‘anti-government’ sermons has broken his silence.
Sheikh Khalid was suspended after delivering a sermon on the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, on Friday.
In the sermon, the Cleric flayed the government over its incapacity to check the escalating insecurity and marauding killings in the country.
The Imam suggested some measures that electorates should devise should the authorities fail to protect 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 said.
The mosque committee suspended the Sheikh afterwards. Defending the action, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, Chairman of the committee, accused the Sheikh of inciting public outrage.
“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,” Dansadu said in a notice to Sheikh Khalid.
However, speaking this morning, the Sheikh said he was unperturbed, adding that he learnt about his suspension in the media.
He vowed to continue speaking the truth, daring those who perceived his sermon as inciting to show evidence.
He added that “God is the most powerful. He gives (enthrones) and takes away power (dethrones) from whomever He wishes”.
The Sheikh said he is content with whatever God decides for him and Nigerians.
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