On 29 October 2016, I wrote about a violent feud, the previous day, in the Sultan Bello Mosque between the deputy Imam Mallam Ibrahim Isa and the secretary general of Jama’atul Nasril Islam Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu and suggested to the El-Rufai Goverment to shut down the mosque too just like he shut down churches and schools and hospitals belonging to churches, as a result of a feud of this nature. I urged the governor to shut down the mosque, given that he is a Muslim, in order to dispel a widely held notion, among Christians, that he is the Anti-Christ; hater of Christians and the Christian faith in Kaduna state.
Three days after; that is 1 November 2016, I heard El-Rufai had resolved the Sultan Bello Mosque leadership tussle reiterating that the Kaduna State Goverment will not tolerate the break down of law and order and claiming that government intervention into the mosque matter was purely on security ground. Here is an extract of the governor’s statement in resolving the mosque matter: “I will propose, that the Deputy Imam (Naibi) be allowed to continue deputizing in acting capacity while the management committee, in collaboration with the Emir of Zazzau, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Dr Ahmad Gumi’s side and all the stakeholders set up a committee towards the appointment of a substantive Imam. The committee will have two-week from first day of their sitting after inauguration by the stakeholders to complete their task.”
Before I look at the nitty-gritty of this resolution, I will like us to appreciate the fact that the churches were summarily shut down by the governor. Why didn’t he summarily shut down the mosque too? The reason, according to Patrick O., is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf – Governor El-Rufai is a Muslim and cannot shut down a mosque, but given that he wasn’t a Christian, he shut down churches. Such biases informed our criticisms of his earlier rejected religious bill. I told Steven Kefas via a phone conversation that on the surface, the religious bill is an excellent initiative, but looking past the bill to the person proposing the bill, and you find a devil – thus it was not the bill that got us apprehensive, it was the person presiding over the state. Governor El-Rufai’s biases and careless utterances always come with a consequence and such a man can never be trusted to be fair to all: his antecedents say it all. He is incapable of being just and impartial – he just doesn’t have it. You can not give what you don’t have.
Even the mosque leadership tussle may have the governor’s hands in it. He was booed around that same Sultan Bello Mosque sometimes back. Given the nature of man the governor is, this may be his way of punishing the leadership of the mosque. Let’s look at it again, the police disrupted the prayers of the Deputy Imam and paved way for JNI Secretary General Dr. Khalid to take over. Dr. Khalid was disrupted by the youth who realised the trick. This shows that the police were with Doctor Khalid, while the youths were with the Deputy Imam. Vox populi vox Dei. The voice of the people is the voice of God. The police were the initiators of aggression when they started shooting rubber bullets, disrupting the Deputy Imam, and not the youths who went in to disrupt Dr. Khalid. And we know the police work for government so we know who gave the order. Again the concession to the Deputy Imam to continue serving as Acting Imam was to placate the youth, but then the catch can be gotten from the two weeks dateline given to the committee to come up with a Substantive Imam. This two weeks dateline is an indication the governor cannot tolerate the Deputy Imam beyond two weeks as Sultan Bello mosque Imam.
Evidently, the governor is acutely too bias and too partial to be just and fair to all even where he keeps talking about his oath to be fair and just and to protect all citizens of Kaduna State irrespective of their religions including those who don’t believe in the existence of God. Governor El-Rufai is a liar – he has come to deceive, steal, kill and destroy and it is the duty of all men of conscience to rise against the beast, who is exploiting our differences for his selfish interest, before the beast completely destroy our beloved state.