A Bauchi-based Islamic cleric, Malam Idris Abdulaziz, who was detained and later released by the DSS has called for the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. He made the call while giving the details of his arrest and detention to his supporters when he was released some few days ago.
Malam Abdulaziz told his followers that, “imagine how worried you, my supporters are for only a few days I was in detention, and compare this to the situation of Sheikh Zakzaky, who has been in detention for over three years. How do you think his supporters are coping?” He called for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky.
He recalled a previous sermon he gave in which he cautioned his followers against rejoicing because the government was attacking the Shi’ites. “Now it has reached our turn,” he said.
When he turned to why he was arrested, he said it had to do with his sermons which the DSS alleged was critical of President Muhammadu Buhari. He wondered why the former President, Jonathan didn’t order his arrest despite all the sermons that were equally critical of his government, but Buhari who is also a Muslim will get him arrested for preaching the truth about his government.
He maintained that he would continue to tell the truth through his sermons.
The cleric, who was released on Friday, May 17.
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