Go ahead with live debate, lift ban on Sheikh Abdul-Jabbar, reopen his mosque without further delay – Nigeria Council of Ulama urges Kano Governor, Ganduje


Sheikh Dan’Azumi Musa Tafawa Balewa, Acting National Chairman, Council of Ulama 

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been called upon to as a matter of urgency go ahead with the proposed live debate to sort out the problem between Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara and other Islamic preachers in the state, lift the preaching ban placed on the popular Kano Islamic Preacher and reopen his closed mosque. 
The was made by an umbrella body of islamic scholars in the country,  Nigeria Council of Ulama saying that in the interest of justice, fairness and in the light of the provision of the Nigerian constitution which gives every citizens freedom of religion, Umar Ganduje should allow Sheikh Abduljabbar to go about his normal activities.
While Addressing Journalists in his residence in Bauchi, the Acting National Chairman of the Council and Leader of Tijjaniya sect, Sheikh Dan’azumi Tafawa Balewa stressed that the call became necessary in order to avert aftermath crisis that may follow. 
According to him, the council which was established in 1980 embraces all sects and various conflicting islamic organizations with the aim of creating unity through different opinions.
He added that, “This fundamental right provided by the Nigerian constitution is in total agreement of the injunctions of holy Qur’an in which God says ‘No compulsion in religion”. We have respect for conflicting opinions and we stand to promote dialogue and understanding amongst all Muslims conflicting organizations.
Dan’azumi Tafawa Balewa also said that the Abduljabbar’s case was a source of concern adding that the dialogue earlier scheduled by the Governor between Abduljabbar and other clerics was a good step but lamented that it was stopped by a court.
He however opined that if Abduljabbar’s antagonists would be allowed to enjoy their rights and privileges of saying their perspectives and propagating their teachings and even verbally attacking him, restrictions placed on the Sheikh should be lifted.
The Chairman, Council of Ulama added that, “We humbly appeal to the learned governor and experienced politician Ganduje whom we respect and cherish to peruse and learn to adopt the application of the Qur’anic injunctions in which Allah ordered him as a leader to do justice and provide level playing ground to all his subjects”.
He declared that, “Our great concern is that, against the Qur’anic injunction, the Governor of Kano closed Sheikh Abduljabbar’s mosque, one of the largest Mosques in Kano state where knowledge was being imparted day and night, where Remembrance of Allah was being conducted day and night, where learning of Quran was being conducted day and night “. 
He then stressed that the best solution to the lingering problem is for the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to go ahead with the religious debate between the two opposition parties because according to him, it is permitted by Prophet Muhammadu (SAW). 
It will be recalled that recently, Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje barred Sheikh Abduljabbar from preaching and leading prayers in his mosque as a result of a complaint over his alleged controversial preachings by some islamic clerics in the state.

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