The National Assembly Mosque Zone E, Apo Legislators’ Quarters, Gudu District Abuja, has sacked Imam Nuru Khalid.
Sheikh Khalid was initially suspended by the Steering Committee of the Mosque on Saturday after delivering a sermon on insecurity on Friday, which turned out to be against the government.
Chairman of the Mosque Committee, Senator Saidu Dansadau, on Monday, however, announced that Khalid’s suspension had been upgraded to sack while accusing the Sheikh of inciting public outrage.
The letter addressed to the Imam read, “We regret to inform you that from today the 4th day of April 2022 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 behavior. 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 maximum 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 vitality of the security situation in the country.
“You are an influencer; your words carry a lot of weight, 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.”