Murdered Islamic Cleric: NSCIA calls for calm among Muslims

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA), has called for calm across Muslim communities in Yobe State and beyond, over the recent murder of an Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami Gashua.

Recall that Sheikh Aisami was murdered last Friday by two suspected soldiers, Lance-Corporals John Gabriel and Adamu Gideon, of the 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Yobe State.

According to reports, the Sheikh was on his way to Gashua from Nguru, when he offered to give a ride to a soldier he met at the military check-point to Jaji-Maji, situated in Karasuwa local government area of Yobe State. 

The solider, whom Sheikh Aisami helped, was said to have shot him dead in cold blood some kilometres away from the military checkpoint, and called his colleague to assist in fleeing with the deceased vehicle, thereby throwing millions of his family members, students, followers and the entire Muslim community into mourning.

NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, in an issued statement yesterday, said, “We are particularly grieved by this tragedy; because it is axiomatic in Islam. He, however, commended Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, for sentencing Pastor Erinmole Adetokunbo and Adedoyin Oyekanmi, to death for the crime of beheading a seven-year old Muslim boy, Kazeem Rafiu, and using his head for rituals in a church.

Meanwhile, the NSCIA has expressed disappointment in the Federal Government for the way it has handled the case of murder of Gen. Idris Alkali, who was killed while on his way from Abuja to Bauchi in 2018.

“Up till this moment, we have not heard what became of his killers. While we sue for justice in the case of Sheikh Aisami, the Federal Government should ensure that the killers of Gen. Alkali are brought to face the wrath of the law”, he insisted.

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