OrderPaperToday – The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Nuru Khalid, has been relieved of his appointment.

Sheikh Khalid was sacked for delivering a sermon that criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over killings in Nigeria. A development that comes days after he was suspended by the Steering Committee of the mosque.

Chairman of the Mosque Committee, Senator Saidu Dansadau, announced on Monday that Khalid’s suspension had been upgraded to sack. He said that Khalid was sacked for not being remorseful despite his suspension as the Imam of the mosque.

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A letter to that effect, obtained by OrderPaper reads in part: “We regret to inform you that from today, the 4th Day of April 2022 you have been disengaged from the services of the above-mentioned mosque. 

This action is occasioned by the non-remorseful attitude you exhibited following your suspension on 2nd April. this year. 

Akamakallah, you know better than me by the teaching of Islam, the essence of administering punishment is to correct behaviour. 

Unfortunately, your media reaction to the suspension creates the impression that you are not remorseful, NOT to talk of humbly reflecting on the consequences of your utterances.

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“Leadership demands a great sense of responsibility. If our words do more harm than good to the larger interest of the country or the public. We have a responsibility to maximum restraint for the good of public. It is obvious, however, that you don’t seem keen to modify your Friday sermon to be reflective of the volatility of the security situation In the country. 

You are an influencer; your words carry a lot of weight, your words can make or mar our situation. Your words can be taken advantage of by mischief makers, those responsible for these security challenges, or enemies of the country for their devilish agendas. 

As leaders of the mosque, we have a sacred responsibility to avoid utterances that are capable of making a bad situation worse. 

This is our fear and concern. Our decision is informed by our obsession to promote peace in the county. We are not oblivious of the implication of our action in view of the penchant of many Nigerians for critique of the government of the day. 

“We however believe, no sacrifice is too much for the committee members to disengage you as part of our contribution to ensure peace prevails in our motherland, no matter the gravity of the consequences because we are convinced that you have no intention to change the mode of your sermon in the course of Friday prayers.”

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