Clerics kick as Council of Ulama impeaches leader

The Kano Ulama (Islamic clerics) have impeached the leader of the Kano State Council of Ulama, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, just as some of the clerics present during the announcement expressed dissatisfaction over the process.

This was just as the group also announced the appointment of Professor Saleh Pakistan, who is also the chairman of Kano Pilgrims Welfare Commission as the new chairman of the council

However, addressing pressmen on Monday in Kano, a coalition of the various Muslim sects in Kano that include Izala, Tijjaniyya and Kadiriyya, lead by Ustaz Saifullah Adam Assudani, disclosed that the chairman of the State Council of Ulama is impeached for being political in running the affairs of the council.

According to Ustaz Assudani, some of the reasons they gave for impeaching the leader among others include, “turning the council into a political platform by engaging in a faceoff with every government that comes into power that includes former governors Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Rabiu Kwankwaso and of recent, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.”

He said: “Lack of fairness to all the religious groups in the state who do not have any stake in the council, that include Tijjaniyya, Qadiriyya, Izala and other clerics from religious sects not mentioned here.”

However, a disagreement ensued as some members complained of being kept aside without knowledge of what is happening in the council.

Responding to the announcement, an Islamic cleric from the Tijjaniyya sect in Kiru Local Government, Sheikh Sulaiman Bello Kiru, lamented over the removal of the council’s leader saying it is not fair and has political reasons.

“We are not part of this decision and it looks more political. We were only called upon to come and attend the press conference from where we heard the announcement that Sheikh Khalil has been impeached.

“We were not consulted and are not aware of anything. The body has no constitution, no tenure for the leadership and it’s being politicised,” he stated.

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