Sheikh Nura Muhammad Khalid, the former Chief Imam of the Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, has been appointed to lead another Juma’at mosque in Abuja.
WikkiTimes recalled that the mosque committee of Apo legislative quarters, Abuja, had on April 2 suspended Khalid over an anti-government sermon he delivered on Friday April 1 which the committee termed unacceptable.
For being steadfast in his words (Imam) he was subsequently sacked by the committee on April 4.
He was sacked by the mosque steering committee over a sermon he delivered on Friday that criticised the government’s failure to stop insecurity in the country.
Responding to his sacking, Sheikh Khalid said he paid the “price for the voiceless” and would continue to identify with the masses.
“My sack is a reflection of how Nigeria is today. Many people are hiding under the cover of religion to perpetrate all manners of unwholesome acts.
“Such people would stop at nothing to take away people like me, who are pro-masses and bold enough to speak the truth to power always on behalf of voiceless Nigerians. This is the price we pay for aligning with the people and identifying with their sufferings.
“By the Grace of Almighty Allah, I will be leading my new congregation this Friday, because as clerics we need a platform for operating.
He stated that there’s a mosque they built behind the CBN Quarters, in Abuja and he will now be leading the congregation there.
In his sermon, the cleric specifically told the electorate not to vote for any politician who cannot guarantee them the safety of lives and property.
“Nigerian masses should resort to only one term; protect our lives, we will come out to vote; let us be killed, we will not come out to vote, since it’s only elections that you people know.
He asked Nigerians to be prayerful, “is very important at a time when Nigeria is facing a very serious challenge. Everything is not working well. People are dying. Our roads are no longer secured.
“What you are telling us is that your concern is about the 2023 elections. And what I am telling the citizens is to send a message that we are going to vote under one condition.
“Our lives are important to us. We want to live. Our wealth and dignity are is important as well. You must do something to secure our lives and make our security workable. We cannot afford to be moving like this. People attacking our trains, killing our people as if there is no government in this country.
“They (killers) gather and disseminate intelligence information as if they are a government of their own while our government cannot share information and stop the atrocities on our ways.” He said.