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The Bauchi State government suspended an Islamic preacher, Malam Abubakar Idris, from continuing to preach and lead congregational prayers in any part of the state for what he called “the interest of peace ”.

Malam Idris’ suspension was communicated in a letter to Azare local government regional clerk Katagum signed by State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Community Relations and Social Welfare Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu Jalam .

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The letter, with the reference number: MORAG & CR / S / OFF / 04/11/26, dated April 27, 2021, is titled “Breach of the Ethics of Preaching and Sermons in the State”.

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Jalam said the report available to the government revealed that Idris castigated the companions of Propjet Mohammed in his preaching.

This, the commissioner said, was a flagrant violation of preaching conduct and ethics, which he said was likely to cause tension and a violation of law and order in the state.

“The attention of the Bauchi State government has been drawn to the way you preach and sermonize. The report revealed that you castigated the companions of our noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) while directing your preaching.

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“This attitude is a flagrant violation of the conduct and ethics of preaching, which is capable of raising the tension of the people and certainly leads to the violation of law and order which the government cannot tolerate”, Jalam said in the letter.

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He added that Malam Idris is suspended from preaching and leading congregational prayers in any part of the state, advising the cleric to follow government instructions in “your own best interests.”

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“Therefore, you are suspended from preaching and leading congregational prayers in any part of the state for the sake of peace.

“You are advised to follow this instruction in your own best interest, as security agencies will ensure strict compliance,” he said.

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