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Suspended Abuja Imam sacked for ‘inciting public outrage’

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Imam Nuru Khalid, formerly in charge of the National Assembly Mosque Zone E, Apo Legislator’ Quarters, Gudu, Abuja, has been sacked after he was suspended for allegedly inciting public outrage.
Khalid had last Friday criticised the Federal Government over its inability to find a lasting solution to the insecurity bedevilling the country.
However, in a letter dated April 4, 2022, the mosque committee headed by Senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau, told Imam Khalid that he has been relieved of his duties at the mosque.
“You are an influencer; your words carry a lot of weight, and 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.
“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 behaviour. 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 the larger interest of the country or the public. We have a responsibility to maximize restraint for the good of the public. It is obvious, however, that you don’t seem keen to modify your Friday sermon to be reflective of the volatility of the security situation in the country,” the letter read.
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