A popular Islamic cleric in Kano, Sheikh Abduljabbar Sheikh Nasir Kabara, has been debarred from preaching in the state for his mode of teachings considered too incendiary.
The state government also ordered that all seminaries run by the cleric be shut down pending investigation by security agencies.
The decision of the state government was communicated early Thursday through a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.
Garba said the decision was part of the state Executive Council’s resolutions at its weekly meeting held on Wednesday.
Directs media to stop airing cleric’s preaching
He further stated that the council has directed all broadcast stations and social media platforms to abstain from airing of such enflaming preaching, sermons, propagation and any other religious discussions in the interest of peace and tranquility in the state.
This is even as he said security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance and take decisive action against any person or group found flouting the order.
Sheikh Abduljabar could not be immediately reached for his reaction to the development.
Daily Trust, however, reports that the cleric has always been considered too controversial with his messages and reported attacks on the companions of Prophet Muhammad PBUH in his messages.
Challenges Prophet’s companions
Sheikh Abduljabbar, who is known to be of Qadiriyya movement often challenges the companions of the prophet for reporting Hadiths that were not said by prophet Muhammad PBUH and asking his followers to disregard such Hadiths.
Recently, clerics from other sects in Kano have protested against the acts and messages of Abduljabbar in their Friday sermons, which according to them look like a Shiite practices, urging the state government to take action against him.