Popular Kano Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Sani Madatai has reacted to the death sentence of a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara.
Naturenex earlier reported that Kabara was convicted by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State on Thursday and sentenced by the court to death by hanging over alleged blasphemy.
The court had earlier convicted the embattled cleric after finding him guilty of the charge of blasphemy levelled against him.
The court judge, Mallam Ibrahim Sarki Yola, in his sentencing, charged all media to desist from using any of Kabara’s teachings and pictures.
The convict was thereafter given 30 days to appeal the judgment or forfeit his right to appeal.
Speaking to Daily Trust on the conviction, Sheikh Madatai said the court ruling is in line with the Islamic tenets, stressing that the court was fair and followed the case to a logical conclusion.
Madatai, who is one of the leaders of the Tijjaniyya sect in Kano, asserted that Kabara made blasphemous speeches and was eventually convicted for his actions.
He said: “The judgment is on the right track in the Islamic religion. Every Muslim is happy with this judgment. He made blasphemous speeches and the court followed the case to a logical conclusion and eventually convicted him.
“With the judgment, the non-Muslims can understand that even among the Muslims, if one makes a blasphemous speech, he should be sentenced to death, it happened during the time of the Prophet (PBUH).”
Also speaking, one of Abduljabbar’s followers, Mukararm Haido Fagge, said he was unhappy with the judgment, adding that the cleric did not deserve the death sentence.
Fagge, however, prayed to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala to make it easier and better for the cleric.
By Olugbenga Ige