Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Sa’ad and leader of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam ((JNI), has said that the attempt by unpatriotic Nigerians to link the death of former Governor of Kaduna State, the late Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sheikh Isa Pantami and the Islamic body was not healthy for the unity and peace of the country.
The Sultan, in a statement yesterday, said the JNI was taken aback by the desperation of some people to smear the image of the Minister and the organization as being part of an alleged plot that resulted in the assassination of Yakowa.
Vexed by the allegation, the Sultan asked: “How could Sheikh Pantami chair a JNI meeting while he was not one of its leaders either at the national or state levels? What could have necessitated the combination of Bauchi, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna states from different geo-political zones in the meeting?
“If Yakowa was vehemently hated by the Muslims and were desperately trying to ‘get rid’ of him, how did he win the 2011 elections in a Muslim dominated state of Kaduna where a Muslim-Muslim ticket recently sailed through? Who voted him in?”
The Sultan noted that the, “the so-called pieces of minutes shared by the media to further confuse and manipulate an average Nigerian’s mind into believing this orchestrated lie has further confirmed the desperation of the perpetrators.”
He added: “It is very perplexing and heart-rending that minutes of an assassination plot could be written and kept. How disheartening and disgusting! We thought the plot against Sheikh Pantami is politically motivated, but surprisingly it is assuming to be a more sinister dimension born out of a well-thought-out scheme designed to smear and tarnish the image and the good name of the JNI and other Muslim organizations.”
“Considering the various concerns raised by many citizens, vis-a-vis the attendant consequence of the scandalous allegation, we wish to place on record and for posterity that such never occurred and the JNI does not operate in such a dubious manner.
“We are at loss as to why this allegation is coming up just now, many years after the demise of Mr. Yakowa. This should be seriously investigated. The JNI therefore condemn unreservedly this ill-conceived, unprofessionally prepared and cunning but futile attempt to drag its hard-earned reputation in the mud.”
“this heinous act and subject them to the wrath of the law before their foot soldiers disturb the modicum of tranquility in the country.”
“This should be treated with utmost urgency and the JNI is ready to fully cooperate with the security agencies in this regard. If these agents of darkness had travelled down the history lane, they would have known that they would woefully fail in their every attempt to project Islam and Muslims in bad light. This is a proven fact. Powers more ferocious, more determined, more sophisticated and more devilish than them have tried several times and failed.
“What makes them think that they can succeed now? It is obvious that they have utterly crashed even before they took off! We appreciate the many calls put through to the JNI on the matter hence we implore all Muslims to continue to maximize the blessings of this Ramadan to intensify prayers for Allah to bless Nigeria and peace-loving Nigerians,” he added.