Heavy security has been deployed to the mosque and residence of the controversial cleric, Abduljabbar Nasiru-Kabara in Kano state.
We reports that the state government had on Wednesday, through the Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, ordered the closure of the cleric’s mosque and house, located at Gwale Local Government in the Kano metropolis.
The order was given in order to maintain peace in the state following the allegations that the preacher insults the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad in his religious commentaries.
In the early hours of Thursday, heavily armed security personnel, including operatives of the State Security Services, were sighted at both the mosque and his residence to ensure compliance to the order.
We reports that Mr Kabara, a factional leader Qadiriyya sect in Kano, is famous for controversial religious commentaries, and has been accused of insulting the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad.
The cleric has been at dagger-drawn with Sunni Muslim clerics in the state for a long time for his hardline stance against Sunni practices and his subscription to Shiite practices.
While reacting to the ban, Mr Abduljabbar described the governor’s action as political, saying that Mr Ganduje was all out to settle a score against him.
According to the cleric, the ban was not religious because he worked against the re-election of Mr Ganduje during the 2019 elections.
“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.
“I have told my followers to prepare their votes ahead of the next election and do the needful. Alhamdulillah for everything, I am fighting scholars, not Government, but at the end, Government took over on their behalf.
“This clearly shows that they don’t have answers to all my questions. How does the government know that I’m inciting the public on religious issues?
Did they go through the books I have been making reference to before jumping to the conclusion? Are they even knowledgeable about them?
“They should at least checked the books I made reference to but without doing so, they have been unfair to me.
“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.