In response to a NewsRescue article related to an October 12th post made by Sokoto University lecturer, ‘Sheikh’ Jabir Sani Maihula which he later deleted, in which he was seen bragging while Nigerians of the Shia Islamic faith were being massacred across northern states, the implicated lecturer posted a denial on his faceBook page.
The “Underground Moves” Achived “One Particular Job” You Are Celebrating, post
“Most Ahlussunnah have now realized that:
Being close to the leadership for one year makes more impact than preaching of five years, you should give your Ulama the benefit of doubt and don’t loose confidence in them. One particular job that most of you are happy with today is made possible by them through underground moves.”
What “underground moves” and what “particular job,” that Sunnites are celebrating was he referring to? If it was northeast security, why did he refrain from stating it as such, being a global worthy achievement? And for five years where did Sunnites preach against Boko Haram?
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) April 23, 2015
On October 7th, extremist Kaduna governor Nasir el-Rufai banned the Islamic movement of Nigeria and persecution of the group and Shia Muslims at large, with soldiers raiding all their meeting points commenced thereafter.
In the said denial, the lecturer still admitted that “they,” allegedly “Sunnite Ulama” were advising the presidency of Nigeria and state governors in religious issues and that they were proud of the outcomes. Obviously the northeast Boko Haram crisis is being dealt with militarily and has no religious input so this is not the subject of their “victorious” glee.
“..highlighting the importance of Sunni Ulama’s advice to government at all levels, on socio-religious issues.”
If these persons are the ones advising the Buhari government and governments at all levels (northern states) in religious issues as the “Sheikh,” admitted, and these called for celebration, it begs reason on what matters these are. The notable religious issues the government is globally notorious for is the clampdown and persecution of Shia Muslims which has been noticed and condemned by international right organisations and well thinking persons and true Muslims in Nigeria and across the world.
NewsRescue Denounces Both Sunnite and Shiite Sects
While NewsRescue is clearly not a divisive organisation, and rejects both Sunni and Shiite divisions of the Muslim faith condemned by common sense and in the Quran, the “Sheikh” in cluelessness and desperation and the typical takfiri mentality of accuse and label so you can justify your desire to kill, recklessly accused NewsRescue of being a Shia media organisation.
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. Quran 6:159
The Saudi trained “Sunnite” insensitive and dispassionate Sheikh went ahead to accuse the victims, Shia Muslims of being responsible for their deaths and continued persecution including property destruction in the hands of takfiri thugs and state officials. He further lied that there was a “clash,” while all evidence shows the freely assembling Shia were victims of state targeted violent persecution.
While any God-fearing true Muslim would be expected to condemn the Zaria massacre and secret burial of hundreds of human beings and the subsequent denial of justice in spite of a self-indicting Judicial panel report; and further condemn the continued targeting and persecution of Shia minority Muslims, the university lecturer could not hide his extremism and did the very opposite.
As Quran says: O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. Quran 4:135
And Hadith says:
The Prophet of Islam said: “Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah [the God]).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
But these have no meaning to the hateful Saudi-trained scholars, several hate-filled ulama and extremist university lecturers of Nigeria.
Below is his full statement on his faceBook page which goes to show the level of brazen hate, lack of empathy and extremist intolerance even among Nigerian college lecturers:
My attention has been drawn to an allegation circulated against me by some detractors and published by a Shiite anti-Government news site accusing me of claiming that “Sunni Ulama” secretly orchestrated the alleged government persecution of the Shiites in the country.
I made a post on my Facebook account on 12th October highlighting the importance of Sunni Ulama’s advice to government at all levels, on socio-religious issues, and alluding to the apparent positive effects of such advice. I was referring to the tremendous achievement in terms of the restoration of peace and security in the northeast, in which, I believe, the Ulama have made significant contribution through their wise advice to the authorities. There was no mention of Ashura, Shiite, violence or Nigerian government in the Facebook post.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) April 23, 2015
However, the post was maliciously misinterpreted by Some riffraff whose enmity against Sunni scholars is self-evident in his writings. He and some Shiites mischievously linked the post to the recent mayhem and clashes that occurred between the outlawed IMN members and the public on the day of Ashura, in various cities in northern Nigeria.
I will like to make clear to the public that my posting has nothing to do with Ashura clashes between the outlawed IMN members and the public. These clashes in my opinion were unfortunate and occurred as a result IMN’s reckless disregard for the several warnings issued by the government against their processions which previously caused chaos and unrest in northern Nigeria.
My position is and still remains that, scholars and stakeholders at various levels should cooperate with constituted authorities, stay within the law and order and give meaningful advice to their leadership.
May I also call on these riffraffs to eschew violence, hatred and enmity in their intra and inter-faith relations and, instead, embrace tolerance and support the Muhammu Buhari administration in its efforts to achieve meaningful changes in Nigeria.
Let the change begin with us.