Release Sheikh Abduljabbar Detained For His Religious Beliefs, Islamic Movement Says Kano Governor Ganduje

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has called on Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to drop blasphemy charges against Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara and release him.

This is contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday by the chairman of the movement’s Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, to journalists.



According to the Islamic Movement, the Nigerian constitution guarantees citizens the right to religious freedom.

“The constitutional rights of Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara as guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution include the right to freedom of religion and conscience and the freedom to worship, teach, practice and observe the religion of his choice. The arrest and indictment of Sheikh Abduljabbar by the government of Ganduje is a grave violation of these rights and we strongly condemn it as it should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliation,” it reads. partly in the statement.

He further argued that a recent religious debate between Sheikh Abduljabbar and the coalition of Kano clerics was staged and a sham.

“We have been following events closely in terms of his differences in understanding and opinion with this Kano-based coalition of clerics and how the Ganduje-led government took sides in closing the Sheikh’s school and mosque without first substantiate the accuracy of the allegations made against him.

“He was tricked into engaging in a ‘debate’ with these government-backed clerics that turned out to be a secret trial, in which those accusing him of heresy were both prosecutors and judges. The so-called “debate” was clearly designed from the outset to favor the coalition against the embattled sheikh. It was held behind closed doors populated only by those who openly opposed it,” according to the Islamic Movement.

Therefore, the Islamic Movement concluded that “Finally, we call on Ganduje to drop all these false charges against the Sheikh and immediately restore his basic human rights. The sheikh has as many rights as the coalition of clerics opposed to him to preach as each sees fit.

Kabara was arraigned last Friday, July 16 in a higher Sharia court on charges of blasphemy, incitement and other miscellaneous offences.

He was then remanded in custody until July 28.

IMN said it had information that the Ganduje-led Kano state government only sought to “keep Sheikh Abduljabbar out of circulation and ban his religious teachings and activities simply because that he differs from theirs in his vision and his religious point of view”.

He said: “We strongly believe that the government of Ganduje is abusing the instruments of power to gag Sheikh Abduljabar, even though he is known to carry out his religious activities in a peaceful manner. His antagonists show nothing but extreme intolerance. religious towards those who disagree with them. The coalition of Kano clerics must not impose their understanding on others by force, which is clearly an infringement of its constitutional rights to freedom of worship in a country secular like Nigeria.

“The constitutional rights of Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara, as guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution, include the right to freedom of religion and conscience and the freedom to worship, teach, practice and observe religion The arrest and indictment of Sheikh Abduljabbar by the Ganduje government is a grave violation of these rights and we strongly condemn him as he should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliation. »

Ruth R. Culp