The Bauchi State government has suspended indefinitely Abubakar Idris, an Islamic Cleric, over alleged incitement in his sermons.
The suspension was issued in a statement signed by Ahmad Jalam, the state Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Social Welfare, on Thursday.
According to the Bauchi government, Jalam, who preaches in Azare in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State, was found to have been castigating companions of Prophet Muhammad in his preachings.
This, the government said, was capable of instigating violence, which may lead to the breakdown of the law and order in the state, prompting the cleric’s suspension.
The statement read: “The attention of the Bauchi State Government has been drawn to the manner of your preaching and sermons.
“The report revealed that you are castigating the companions of our noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) while conducting your preaching.
“This attitude is a clear violation of the conduct and ethics of preaching, that is capable of raising people’s tension and certainly lead to the violation of law and order which the Government may not tolerate.
“Consequently, you are suspended from conducting preaching and leading congregational prayers in any part of the State in the interest of peace.”