- A revelation has been made as to why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje banned Sheik Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara from preaching in Kano
- Kabara alleged that this was because he never lent his support to the governor during the 2019 guber
- The cleric added that many scholars in the state are working with the government against him
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Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara has opened up on why he believes the Kano state government stopped him from preaching.
In his talk with Daily Trust after Governor Abdulahi Ganduje took the action against him, Sheik Karaba alleged that the move is politically-driven and not in any way a religious issue.
The fiery Islamic cleric said the governor clamped down on him because he opposed him during the 2019 governorship election in the state.
“The reasons are very obvious. The person who took the decision (Ganduje) has said it times without number that he never forgives.
"I fought him during the last election and he promised to retaliate. Only that he is taking the wrong decision at the wrong time. So this ban is purely political, it has nothing to do with religion or incitement."
Calling on his followers to prepare their votes ahead of the next election, Kabara said his real enemies are other scholars, not the government, adding that it only happened that the state is now working on their behalf.
Opining that the decision of the government is unjust, he noted that the state commissioner for education on Wednesday, February 3, proved him right by saying that "the government has deliberately succumbed to the pressure of these scholars who used their political ideologies to alter religious issues to their taste.”
However, the cleric said as a law-abiding fellow, he will obey the governor's order and adhere to the ban.
Earlier, Kabara was 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.
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.