- In an attempt to forestall a breach of peace, the Kano government has banned one of the state's popular Islamic cleric
- Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara was slammed with a ban, with his mosque also put under lock over an alleged violence-inciting comment
- Necessary security bodies have been briefed to ensure that ban on Kabara is implemented
Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, a controversial Kano-based Islamic preacher, has been banned by the state government over alleged violence-inciting sermons.
The mosque of the factional leader Qadiriyya sect located in Gwale area was also shut down by the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led government.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 3, Kano commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said the decision to ban the controversial cleric was to give peace a chance and curb what looks like a brewing religious crisis.
Kabara, according to Daily Nigerian, was accused of insulting the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad.
He was also said to have involved in a dagger-drawn clash with the Sunni Muslim clerics in the state.
Among other reasons, Kabara was also said to have openly shown interest and affiliation with the Shiite group in the state, with his comment said to have been putting the peace of northern commercial city at risk.
The state government has ordered the state commissioner of police and other security agencies to ensure compliance to the government’s decision.
Gumi visits Zamfara state to dialogue with bandits
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, expressed optimism in banditry and kidnapping becoming history in Zamfara state and the north.
Gumi gave this assurance on Monday, February 2, during his visit to Zamfara state on a dialogue session with bandits willing to drop their weapons.
The cleric said peace will find its way back into the north and Nigeria, adding that efforts have been intensified to also find a long-lasting peace to the farmer-herder crisis.
Gumi and his team have been touring some northern states in a move that is believed will help the government in bringing an end to insurgency and banditry.