‘Why Ganduje barred me from preaching’, Kano cleric speaks up

The Kano-based Islamic cleric barred from preaching, Sheikh AbdulJabbar Nasiru Kabara, has accused the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of issuing the banning order because he worked against him during the 2019 general election.

The election, which was keenly contested, led to a run-off before Ganduje, who ran under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), defeated Abba Kabir Yusuf, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival.

Speaking with newsmen hours after the government clamped down on him, the cleric said the action is more political than religious.

“This decision is sheer injustice. And, whosoever wants to understand the situation should look for what the Kano State Commissioner for Education said last night (Wednesday) wherein he explained that the government has deliberately succumbed to the pressure of these scholars who used their political ideologies to alter religious issues to their taste,” he said.

The State government has not responded to the latest accusation but in an earlier statement, the government said the ban became necessary because of “his mode of teachings considered too incendiary”.

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