The National Assembly Mosque Zone E, Apo Legislators’ Quarters, Gudu District Abuja, has terminated the appointment of Imam Nuru Khalid, who was initially suspended over “anti-govt” sermon.
Matters Arising earlier reported that
Sheikh Khalid was suspended after delivering a sermon on insecurity on Friday.
In the sermon, the Sheik flayed the government over its failure to tame the escalating insecurity and killings in the country.
The imam hinted at some measures that electorate should devise should the authorities fail to protect lives.
He had 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 Sheik afterwards.
Defending the action, Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, Chairman of the committee, accused the Sheik 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.”
LETTER OF DISENGAGEMENT FROM THE SERVICES OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MOSQUE
We regret to inform you that from today the 4th day of April 2023 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.
Akamakallah, you know better than me by the teaching 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. Leadership demands a great sense of responsibility.
If our words do more harm than good to larger interest of the country or the public. We have a responsibility 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 volality 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 leaders 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.
Our decision is informed by our obsession to promote peace in the country. We are not oblivion of the implication of our action in view of the penchant of many Nigerians for critique of government of the day.
We however believe, no sacrifice is too much for the committee members to disengage you as part of Our contribution ensure peace prevails in our mother land no matter the gravity of the consequences because we are convinced that you have no intention to change the mode of your sermon in the course of Friday prayers.