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EMBATTLED ABUJA CHIEF IMAM AGAIN ACCUSES BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OF LISTENING MORE TO BANDITS , THAN THE CITIZENS

EMBATTLED ABUJA CHIEF IMAM AGAIN ACCUSES BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OF LISTENING MORE TO BANDITS , THAN THE CITIZENS

The embattled Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Sheikh Nuru Khalid has once again, chided President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, wondering why a  government that negotiates with bandits and terrorists would now be scared to hear from the citizens, particularly those agitating for their fundamental rights.
The Chief Imam, who disclosed this during a meeting with human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore said Nigerians should be given the freedom to speak without fear of harassment and intimidation; otherwise innocent citizens will become slaves.
Sheikh Nuru Khalid pontificated that, “I have conditions for reconciliation, one of them is I won’t withdraw any word that I’ve spoken and the second condition is that no one will caution me on any issue”.
“If it is against the will of the government, they have security operatives, let them arrest me. If it is against the tenets of Islam, summon the FCT Committee of Imam to call me and ask. I am feeling as if I gained my freedom, I can speak out freely, I don’t mind anybody who feels good or bad”.
According to him, “My mission is not to convert people to Islam but create awareness in the minds of Nigerians that we are not slaves; our mothers gave birth to us as free born Nigerians, we are free people, that freedom is very vital and it is an inalienable right.
“If we can maintain that freedom, we can speak out against bad governance but if we are afraid of them, we are now slaves. Somebody will just take one person and negotiate price.

“That’s what is happening in Nigeria today, they’re kidnapping citizens, selling them out. Look at someone that can bear to negotiate with criminals, now he’s afraid to listen to citizens. There’s a problem.”
Khalid was allegedly suspended as Chief Imam of Apo Mosque by its steering committee after his sermon against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and its handling of insecurity in the country.
The cleric had knocked Buhari for not visiting Kaduna after an Abuja-Kaduna train was attacked by terrorists recently.
The cleric had allegedly urged worshippers and entire Nigerians to shun the polls in 2023, if the government failed to fix the security problems and other challenges confronting the nation.
According to the committee that allegedly suspended and later sacked him, the sermon was capable of inciting public outrage.

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