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Sen. Sani raps Aso Rock Chief Imam over comment on banditry, killings

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has come down hard on the Imam of Aso Rock Mosque, Sheikh Abdulwaheed Sulaiman, over the latter’s comment the recent killings in parts of northern Nigeria.

Thje Chief Imam had been quoted sa saying that the criminalities were tests from Allah.

The federal lawmaker said it was unfortunate that clerics fail to tell those in power the truth but preach to the poor in a fiery manner.

Sen. Sani was quoted as saying, “Banditry and kidnappings are not test from God, but the sum of failure of the past and present leadership.

“It is the way of state clergies to reshape the gospel to comfort and exculpate power; they preach to the poor with flames and preach to the powerful with flowers.”

The Chief Imam of the State House Mosque had said, on Tuesday, that insecurity in Nigeria was a test from God.

The cleric reportedly made the comments during the daily Tafsir (Quranic teachings) which held at the State House Mosque, in Abuja.

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Sulaiman, speaking on the rise in cases of banditry, kidnappings, and insurgency in the country, said Nigerians should repent and pray to avert the current security problem.

Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity, Garba Shehu had said, the Chief Imam “gave thanks to Almighty Allah for allowing the general election to take place peacefully throughout the country.

“He called for repentance and prayers to avert the current security challenges confronting the nation. He said the security incidents are a test from God.”

President Buhari, who also spoke at the event, assured Nigerians ahead of his second term administration that he knows what to do as the leader of the government.