From Ahmed Kaigama,Bauchi
As political campaign picks momentum in the country, Tijaniyyah followers have disassociated themselves from President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign.
A renown Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi who is also the leader of the Tijjaniyya sect stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen in Bauchi over a publication that linked the Tijjaniyyah followers to Jonathan
According to him “We Tijjaniyyah followers we are not in support of all that was written in the publication”
He described it as ‘irresponsible’ and desperate attempts by some politicians that sponsored the advertorial in some national dailies, stressing that “we are not in support of it”.
Dahiru Bauchi said if anybody want to make such statements let him go and assemble all Muslims In Yobe and Borno and asked them to stand by Mr President.
In a related development, families of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyas have also distanced themselves from the advertorial.
Another leader of the Tijjaniyyah, Sheikh Ahmed Tijjani Nyass has also refuted the publication that portrayed him as standing by President GoodLuck Jonathan.
Spokesman of the Nyass family in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmed Tijjani Sani Awwalu stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen in Bauchi.
He said “our attention was drawn to the advertorial published in Daily Trust page 18 of Thursday 1st January 2015, by a group called Tijjaniyyah Awareness Initiative with the title: “Mr President We stand by you”, showing the picture of the scholar with President Jonathan, we don’t know the organization and the scholar has no hand in the said publication he was not aware about it’
Awwal said Sheikh Tijjani is an Islamic scholar well respected all over the world , he is not a politician therefore he disowned anything that will link him to be seen as supporting any candidate , he has no candidate among all the party candidates and advised Nigerians Muslims to disregard the statement.
He said the scholar always came to Nigeria for Islamic activities and prayers for peace, stability and for the development of the country, even the picture was taken long time ago when the scholar was invited to pray for peace in Nigeria.