Kano State Bans Islamic Cleric

Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara Photo
Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara

Kano State government, Thursday, February 4, banned Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara, an Islamic cleric, for alleged inflammatory preaching in the state. He is said to be a factional leader of the Qadiriyya sect in Kano and known for controversial Islamic preaching. He is said to have alarmed the government because of his interpretation of some prophetic sayings seen as controversial.

He is alleged to doubt the authenticity of some prophetic sayings and denouncing some companions of the prophet. Similarly, he is accused of “uncompromising stance” against Sunni practices.

Muhammad Garba, commissioner for Information, said the decision was taken during the State Executive Council, SEC meeting at Africa House, Kano, on Thursday.

“Kano State government has debarred an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir Kabara, from preaching in the state for his mode of teachings is considered too incendiary,” said Garba in a statement.

Consequently, “the council directed all broadcast stations and social media platforms to stop airing preaching, sermons, and any other religious discussions likely to cause a breach of the peace of the state.”

Meanwhile, security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance and take decisive action against any person or group found flouting the order.”

Likewise, the government has closed all schools run by the cleric, pending investigations by security agencies.

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