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COVID-19 Lockdown: Imam sacked for cancelling congregational prayers in Kaduna

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Chairman, Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a Wa’iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), Zaria Local Government, Sheikh Sani Yakubu, has sacked an Imam, Malam Abubakar Sarki-Aminu for his compliance with Kaduna State Government order prohibiting congregational prayers.

Abubakar had been the “Imam ratib” that means the Imam for 5 every day prayers at Sheik Abubakar Mahmood Gumi Juma’at Mosque, Kofar Gayan Low-cost, Zaria for nearly forty years.

Kaduna State Government had on Friday, March 20, issued an order banning all varieties of gatherings which include church and mosque prayers involving greater than 50 human beings throughout the nation to curb coronavirus spread.

The JIBWIS Chairman verified the sack on Friday however declined similarly remark on the issue.

He, however, directed that the Committee Chairman for 5 every day prayers of the Mosque, Alhaji Shehu Dan-Maikuli to communicate on his behalf.

When contacted, Dan-Maikuli stated there had been many troubles related with whom he described as the sacked Imam, including that such issues would solely be summarised.

“When Sheik Usman Baban-Tune used to be alive he had to come in and settle some troubles between the sacked Imam and the Mosque committee.

“After the resolution, it used to be agreed that the Imam have to be organising month-to-month committee assembly to talk about issues and potentialities of the Mosque however after that decision we spent over 4 years except single meeting.

“When this difficulty of coronavirus came, one day the Imam simply stand up after main Zuhur prayer and introduced that as from nowadays he droop congregational prayers till the trouble is over, by using then I was once no longer in the Mosque.

“When I got here for Asr prayer solely to be informed that the Imam ordered for closure of the Mosque, I referred to as him on smartphone to enquire and he stated sure he had ordered that the Mosque be closed,” he said.

Dan-Maikuli stated that the Imam neither consulted him being the Chairman of the Committee nor different participants of the committee, announcing that it used to be a non-public choice of the Imam.

He stated that they said the case to the Chairman, JIBWIS, Zaria Local Government who promised to go to the Mosque on Thursday to in my opinion put off the Imam.

“Incidentally, the Chairman got here on Wednesday and led Isha (night) prayer and thereafter introduced the sack of Malam Abubakar Aminu and changed him with Malam Ahmad Tijjani as the new Imam,” he said.

On his part, the sacked Imam stated he had been main the 5 day by day prayers at the Mosque for a very lengthy duration of time.

He said: “when this case of coronavirus pandemic surfaced in Nigeria, after a while, Kaduna State Government declared that henceforth Jaumat prayer is banned and any gathering above 50 human beings have to be suspended.

“Our Mosque commonly witness a very giant crowd of worshippers, as such we have to comply with the directives given by way of Gov. Nasiru el-Rufa’i to keep away from unfold of the disease.

“In line with this, I stood up after main a congregational prayer to inform humans that in view of the order via the kingdom government, I droop congregational prayers in this Mosque till the ban is lifted,” he said.

According to him, two days later, he learnt that some human beings stated him to Sheik Sani Yakubu, who directed that congregational prayers need to proceed in the equal Mosque.

Sarki-Aminu said: “My deputy Imam known as me on smartphone that Sheik Sani Yakuba ordered that we must proceed with the congregational prayers, that I need to come out for Subhi (dawn) prayer.

“I answered him that, if the chairman needs me to proceed with the congregational prayers, let him formally write to me so that I will be satisfied that his order supersedes that of government.

“I waited barring some thing to that effect, later I leant that the chairman got here and lead a congregational Isha’i prayer and announce my elimination and replaced me with Malam Ahmad Tijjani with two deputies who already are my deputies.”

On allegation that he did now not seek advice from the Mosque committee earlier than the closure, Sarki-Aminu located that on every occasion authorities offers directives “then who else will supply a counter-directive?

“In an perfect situation, Imam is the chief of the Mosque, the committee did now not enquire from me however they determined to go straight to Sheik Sani Yakubu and he used his electricity and reopened the Mosque and in consequence introduced my removal.”

On laxity in convening month-to-month committee meeting, Sarki-Aminu described it as an try to shift the interest of humans on the cutting-edge happening, including that such problems had been in no way in anyway applicable to current happening.

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