Sheikh Nuru Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, has chastised President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to combat banditry in the country. President Buhari has come under fire from prominent Nigerians for how he has handled the country’s insecurity problem.
In a viral video, the Imam swore that if the President does not return Nigeria “united and without bandits,” Allah (God) will deal with him. During his Friday sermon, the cleric told worshippers that Buhari must ensure that the threat is eradicated before leaving office.
“Go and tell the President that under his government, some groups of people are issuing threats to local communities, demanding that they pay some amounts of money or face attack,” the Imam said in Hausa.
“And they would collect the money and publicly announce on the BBC that they would be paid this Friday [to avoid attack].”
“Tell the president that there is a country to which we owe allegiance, and there is a part of the country we don’t know about that is ruled by bandits.
“Either the president should return the country to a state where bandits are not killing people in any way — just as he took over or Allah (God) will deal with him.
“Here’s the message. I’m saying this in an open forum that is being live-streamed for the entire world to see. I accept responsibility for my words and am willing to face whatever consequences come with preaching Nigerian peace and unity.
“Mr President, we do not want to hear reports of people being killed under your watch. We don’t want to hear reports of cowardice among our soldiers leading to attacks on their bases.
“In a video, you stated that Nigerian soldiers had the patriotism, training, and discipline to combat all forms of criminality in the country. You stated that if elected, you would provide them with the necessary support to combat insurgency promptly.
“A promise made is a promise kept, Your Excellency. If you don’t have any advisers to remind you of this, we’re here to help. We are praying to God to assist you in fulfilling this promise if you are truly willing.”
The Islamic preacher might have taken his grievance so far. President Muhammadu Buhari’s as we all know frowns at hate speech and that’s why Femi Adesina once said that no Nigerian has the right to order the president around. The choice of words used by this cleric may land him in trouble. Calling on God to punish the President could be flagged as uncultured words and unguarded communication.