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Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Wednesday called on the federal government to unravel those behind the killing of the Zaria-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Adam Albani.
Also, Northern State Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) has condemned the recent murder of Sheikh Muhamman Auwal Albani Zaria, one of his wives and son, describing him as “Champion of faith.”
Wamakko’s who made the call in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Affairs, Malam Sani Umar, and made available to THISDAY in Sokoto, described the dastardly murder of the cleric as an illustration of lack of security in Nigeria.
The statement condemned in strong terms the heinous act and therefore called on the federal government and security agencies to uncover those behind the killing of the cleric.
“The murder of the Islamic cleric is an indication that there is no security in Nigeria, thus, the federal government should do whatever it takes to unravel those behind the dastardly act. The investigation of the murder of the cleric should not be swept under the carpet like other unresolved killings in the country,” the statement read.
According to the statement, the gruesome killing of the Islamic scholar had shown that Nigerians are no longer safe in their country.
According to the statement, a delegation from the state had already visited Zaria to condole with the family of the slain cleric, adding that a prayer has be offer to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, the Christian forum in a statement signed by its Chairman, Olaiya Phillips and National Secretary, Emmanuel D. Subilim, and made available to THISDAY yesterday said the late cleric was a well-respected leader of his community and Islamic scholar.
According to them, “He has shown great courage in opposing the Boko Haram sect. Once again, the enemies of religious belief have sought to silence the voice of a champion of faith.
“On behalf of NOSCEF and people of faith across northern Nigeria we express our deepest condolences to the family of Sheikh Zaria.”
NOSCEF noted that all Nigerians have the right to speak out and worship freely, without the threat of violence or intimidation, adding that action should be taken to protect these freedoms for all Nigerians, including Christians and Muslims.
“How many more people of faith must be murdered before the necessary action is taken to safeguard the simple act of worship?
“Today, the people of northern Nigeria of all religions together mourn the passing of a fellow patriot. May his soul, that of his wife and son truly rest in peace,” the statement said.