el-Rufai resolves Sultan Bello mosque leadership crisis

THE leadership crisis that have rocked the biggest mosque in Kaduna, the famous  Sultan Bello mosque has  been brought to and end with the intervention of the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-rufai.

“It will be recalled, that since the chief Imam was removed  and an interim Imam was appointed, there has been crisis in the mosque.

Those at the centre of the storm were Dr Abubakar Khalid, appointed by the Jamaatul Nasrul Islam to head the mosque on interim basis and Sheikh Ahmed Gumi the son of the late Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi who is spearheading the campaign of seeing that the  teachings of his late father be maintained and upheld in the mosque.

Findings by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the crisis reached a head last week when worshippers converged on the mosque to pray but resulted in a free for all fight between supporters of the two camps.

It was gathered that quick intervention of the police brought back sanity and the Juma’at prayers was suspended for peace to rein.

When contacted the police image maker ASP Aliyu Usman confirmed the arrest of 14 people. However, piqued by the development, the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai invited the warring parties for a peace meeting.

A statement by the governor spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed that the  intervention was purely on security ground, affirming that the Kaduna State Government would not tolerate the breakdown of law and order in the name of religion.