Some members of the Aso Rock cabal have been accused of being behind the suspension of the Chief Imam of the Apo Legislative Quarters Juma’at Mosque in Abuja, Sheikh Nurudden Khalid.
The cabal comprising some members of the extended family and friends of President Muhammadu Buhari are the powers behind the throne.
The mosque’s governing committee had suspended Khalid for criticizing President Buhari during last Monday night’s attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.
The imam, in his Friday sermon, had criticized Buhari for not visiting Kaduna over the terror attack, saying mere condemnation was not enough.
He argued that the President was in Kaduna for campaigns but refused to visit the state after the passenger train bombing.
The chairman of the mosque’s steering committee, Senator Sai’du Dansadau, said on Saturday that the Islamic cleric had been suspended for “inciting the sermon on Friday April 1, 2022”.
However, multiple sources told SaharaReporters that Khalid’s suspension was initiated by the Aso Rock cabal.
“Dansadau, a former senator and chairman of the mosque committee, was influenced by some people in the presidency to do the dirty work of suspending the imam.
“The same thing recently happened in Gombe, a minister in Buhari’s government initiated the suspension of another imam in the state because the imam called out the government on the ongoing killings and poverty, no tolerance at all,” a source familiar with the incident said. SaharaReporters.