Blasphemy: National mosque Imam, Maqari should not be sacked – Shehu Sani on Wole Soyinka’s call

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that the Abuja Imam, Professor Ibrahim Maqari should not be sacked over his comment on the killing of Deborah Samuel.

Recall that the Imam, who is in charge of the National Mosque, Abuja, had while reacting to the killing of Deborah, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, who was lynched over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed, said Muslims have line that must not be crossed.

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka had on Saturday called for the sacking of the Imam, alleging that Maqari directed his supporters to take laws into their hands.

But Shehu Sani, a governorship aspirant in Kaduna State said the Imam should not be arrested, saying he is entitled to his own opinion.

In a post on his verified Facebook page, the former lawmaker said, “Professor Ibrahim Maqari should not be removed as Chief Iman of Abuja National mosque.

“He is entitled to his opinion in a democratic society. That was how I also opposed the sacking of Sheikh Nuru Khalid”.