Kano based Islamic cleric, Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara, who was banned yesterday the Kano state government for alleged inciteful preaching, has said that his ban is political.
Ekocitymagazine had reported that the state government ordered the immediate closure of the schools run by the cleric, pending investigations by security agencies.
According to Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for information the government took the decision to forestall a breach of peace in the state.
Following the ban, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) were reportedly deployed in the cleric’s mosque and residence to ensure strict compliance with the order.
However, in an interview with The PUNCH, Nasir-Kabara accused Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor, of ordering his ban because he worked against him during the 2019 elections.
The cleric described Ganduje as a vindictive person and had threatened to retaliate, claiming that his ban had nothing to do with religion or any form of inciteful teaching he is been accused of.
“The reasons are very obvious. The person, who took the decision (Ganduje), has said it repeatedly that he never forgives. I fought him during the last election and he promised to retaliate,” Nasir-Kabara was quoted to have said.
“Only that he is taking the wrong decision at the wrong time. So, this ban is purely political; it has nothing to do with religion or incitement.
“I have told my followers to prepare their votes ahead of the next election and do the needful. Alhamdulillah, for everything, I am fighting scholars, not the government, but at the end, government took over on their behalf.
“This decision is sheer injustice. And, whosoever wants to understand the situation should look for what the Kano state commissioner for education said last night (Wednesday) wherein he explained that the government has deliberately succumbed to the pressure of these scholars, who used their political ideologies to alter religious issues to their taste.