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7 years after Sheikh Jaafar

Some were either culturally or religiously inclined assassinations, while others were purely politically motivated. Checking back in history, most of the killers have gone away…

Some were either culturally or religiously inclined assassinations, while others were purely politically motivated. Checking back in history, most of the killers have gone away with it, or they are yet to be brought to justice, or they are simply too big to be brought to justice.
What is surprising to me, sometimes is that even foreign leaders like US President J. F. Kennedy, were assassinated and the killers got away with it. General Murtala Mohammed, a disciplined, courageous army officer, who was a onetime head of state, was assassinated and some of his alleged killers are still at large. Even with the resources, power and personnel at the disposal of the state, the killers got away with it. The likes of Sir Ahmadu Bello, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Festus Okotie-Eboh and Chief Bola Ige, were all assassinated by cruel men. Also, good men like President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, Chief Moshood Abiola, are also believed to have been assassinated. Likewise General Sani Abacha, Shiekh Jaafar Adam Daura and a lot others, all were allegedly assassinated.
It is now over seven years since the assassination of the renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Jaafar was assassinated while he was leading the dawn prayer on 13 April 2007 in the ancient city of Kano. The Shiekh who was born on February 12 1960, had just marked his 47th birthday two months earlier.
The police are yet to find and prosecute his killers.  I don’t know whether the case is still open or closed, but what I know is that, “justice delayed is justice denied.” Shiek Jaafar, a Saudi educated Katsina indigene, who later relocated to Kano,was one of the most educated, tolerant, patient and pragmatic clerics in Nigeria of all times. While the authorities remain silent on the case and public attention has been diverted, Allah the Most High will definitely avenge on his behalf.
The late Shiekh is survived by wives and many children. May Allah Subhanahu Wataala forgive him, have mercy upon him and bless his family. Amin.
Comrade Abdulbaqi Aliyu Jari Kastaina local government council, Katsina State.

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