From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
Council of Imams and Ulamas, Kaduna State branch, on Monday criticises the state Governor, Nasir El’rufai, over his comments against perceived political opponents in the State.
The Ulamas described the Governor’s action as unislam and against islamic teachings which may likely trigger violent reactions.
Though they (Ulamas) did not mention the Governor’s name, but said the comment was also against the constitution of the country.
The Council’s Chairman, Sheikh Usman Babantune, made their position known at a news briefing in Kaduna.
According to him, politicians employed ethical or unethical means to intimidate and demean their opponents.
He mentioned such means to using foul language, political thugs, physical attacks, destructions of properties, etc, which are all against democratic principles.
The scholars said such actions are against the teaching of Islam and may trigger violence.
“The recent utterance by a leading politician (well known for reckless statement) from Kaduna State, by use of hash language, calling names and cursing of political opponents is very unfortunate and may trigger violent actions,” he said.
Sheikh Babantune said such comment may also lead to counter reactions and portends a lot of danger to the country, the extent of which only God could tell.
“This type of political terrorism is against the teachings of Islam and contrary to the provisions of the constitution of the country and common sense,” he said.
They (Ulamas) also frowned at how Nigerian politicians take politics as a do or die affairs, saying “This show we are still lacking qualitative and responsible political leadership.
“On these reasons, it becomes absolutely imperative on the council to speak and ensure peace and peaceful co-existence in the country,” he said.
The ulamas also quoted hadiths of the prophet of Islam that frowned at people cursing each other.
On Security challenges across the country, particularly northern region, the ulamas said security of life and property is fundamental to human survival guaranteed by the constitution.
“We call on those involved in the killings of innocent people to desist from such acts, fear Allah and repent and seek for forgiveness because God is all forgiving,” he said.
They also urged scholars to fear Allah during Ramadan lectures and to promote gospel of peaceful coexistence with each other across the country.