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Islamic clerics flay Kaduna politicians over hate speeches, Buhari’s poor governance

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Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai PHOTO: TWITTER/GOVERNOR KADUNA

Islamic Leaders, particularly Imams and Ulama, have cautioned politicians and top government functionaries in Kaduna State of promoting hate speeches, describing their utterances as unfortunate.

The clerics faulted the recent utterances of Governor Nasir El-Rufai against the three Senators representing Kaduna State at the National Assembly of not befitting a political leader.

The Council of Imams and Ulama, at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, also described the utterances as political terrorism, arguing that it was against the teachings of Islam and contrary to the provisions of Nigeria’s constitution.

Their Chairman, Usman Abubakar Babantine and Assistant Secretary, Imam Musa Tenimu, also criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for poor performance and failure to meet the aspirations of most Nigerians.

They argued that although the fight against corruption was commendable, it was yet to produce the desired results because of its selective application, which they viewed more as vendetta than a crusade against social ills.

Coming after the results of the local government polls, which majorly adjudged to be flawed with irregularities and manipulations, the Islamic leaders frowned on what they also described as general lack of respect for social justice and the breach of legal processes by judges, lawyers, politicians and security agencies, among others.

Meanwhile, former Governor of Kaduna State and erstwhile National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi yesterday, accused the Governor El-Rufai’s government of allegedly rigging the council elections in the state massively with the newly introduced electronic machines.

Besides, PDP officials in the state have decided to challenge the results of the council polls, which gave APC victory in 17 local councils, while PDP won in four council areas, even as elections are yet to be held in two councils.

While reacting to the results of the elections, Makarfi alleged that APC officials, government functionaries and security operatives frustrated and subverted what would have been a free and fair election by overturning the results to the advantage of the government in power.


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