Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Sheikh Nuru Khalid has been appointed to lead another Juma’at mosque in Abuja just after 24 hours of being sacked by the Apo mosque steering committee, for criticising the government’s failure to stop insecurity in the country.
According to reports, the Imam said he paid the “price for the voiceless”, and that, “My sack is a reflection of how Nigeria is today. Many people are hiding under the cover of religion to perpetrate all manners of unwholesome acts.”
He noted, “Such people would stop at nothing to take away people like me, who are pro-masses and bold enough to speak the truth to power always on behalf of voiceless Nigerians.”
He disclosed, “There’s a Jum’mat mosque we built behind the CBN Quarters, in Abuja; I will now be leading the congregation there.”
This is coming following reports that Khalid’s sermon on the 1st of April was against the sitting government, and was therefore sacked on Monday, April 4, 2022.
According to reports, Khalid’s sermon was that , “Nigerian masses should resort to only one term which is – protect our lives, we will come out to vote; let us be killed, we will not come out to vote, since it’s only elections that you people know.”
He posited that, “We need prayers. We need supplication. This is very important at a time when Nigeria is facing a very serious challenge. Everything is not working well. People are dying. Our roads are not secured.”
He added that, “Most part of the country is not secured. The government is always telling us that they are doing their best. But we deserve more than that best as citizens because we want a secured Nigeria.”
He noted that, “What you are telling us is that your concern is about the 2023 elections. And what I am telling the citizens is to send a message that we are going to vote under one condition. Nigerian masses should resort to only one term which is – protect our lives, we will come out to vote; let us be killed, we will not come out to vote, since it’s the only language you understand, we are going to speak it.”
He remarked that, “Our lives are important to us. We want to live. Our wealth and dignity are is important as well. You must do something to secure our lives and make our security workable. We cannot afford to be moving like this. People attacking our trains, killing our people as if there is no government in this country.”
He said that, “They (bandits) can gather and disseminate intelligence information as if they are a government of their own while our government cannot share information and stop the rubbish on our ways.”