Chairman of the Apo Quarters Mosque committee, Senator Saidu Dansadau has clarified what led to the sack of the Chief Imam of the mosque, Sheik Nuru Khalid.
Recall that Imam Nuru was sacked by the mosque’s committee on Monday after a sermon on Friday which captured the security situation of the country.
Speaking with BBC Hausa, Dansadau said prior to the sack, he had warned the Imam to deviate from such preachings that could trigger controversies in the country.
The lawmaker said the major offence of the Imam was trying to discourage Nigerians from voting in the forthcoming elections, saying some Nigerians would take advantage of such preachings to incite violence and make sure the election was cancelled.
“Our biggest issue with Sheik Nuru Khalid was that he said Nigerians should not vote except politicians assure them of security. We felt that some Nigerians will take advantage of the statement due to what is currently happening in Nigeria. Some people don’t want the 2023 elections to be held.
“I had personally sat down with Sheik Nuru Khalid. I told him that Nigeria is currently in a delicate situation regarding the election, so we need to be careful, since you came to the mosque, you have been attacking the government and nothing has changed. Focus on telling Nigerians to return to God.
“People are saying that I just want the government to give me a position and that is why we sacked the Imam, others are saying that I was paid to do so but the God that I serve knows my mind”.