- Tijaniyyah has denied endorsing President Buhari for second term
- A faction of the sect had on Sunday, February 10, endorsed Buhari for Saturday, February 16 election
- Sheikh Ibrahim Maqari, a leading figure of the Tijaniyyah movement in Nigeria, however, dissociated the movement from Buhari's endorsement
A leading figure of the Tijaniyyah movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Maqari, has dissociated the movement from endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for the second term in office.
Legit.ng gathered that a group named, “Tijaniyyah Sufism movement of Nigeria” on Sunday, February 10, asked its followers nationwide to vote for Buhari in the coming election.
In a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, the group said it resolved to endorse the president because “he has been tested and could be trusted for a second tenure.”
But Maqari, who is an Imam at the national mosque, dissociated the movement from the endorsement, saying all their followers should vote according to dictate of their conscience.
“Tijaniyah is a Sufi order not association. Tijaniyah has not forced any of its followers to vote for any candidate.
“Leaders of order only called on the followers to ensure that they voted for leaders and representatives who are honest, upright, pious and patriotic without recourse to their political leaning. Everyone must be ready to just justify the choice of leaders and representative before Allah," Maqari said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Thursday, February 7, adopted the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Buhari, as its consensus candidate ahead of February 16 presidential poll.
It was reported that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, however, explained that the adoption did not portend merger with the APC.
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