The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has organised a debate between a fiery cleric, Abduljabbar Kabara and religious leaders from all Islamic sects.
Recall that the state government on February 3 debarred the cleric from preaching and deployed security agents around his residence and preaching center.
But in a move toward solving the religious impasse raging between the Mr Kabara and other clerics, the governor announced on Sunday that a debate would be held.
“After special meeting between the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Islamic clerics from all Muslim Sects, on the need to allow for a dialogue between AbdulJabbar Sheikh Nasiru Kabara, and other scholars, the governor accepts dialogue to hold in fews days to come,” the governor said in a statement by his spokesman, Abba Anwar.
He said many prominent scholars from all sects were in attendance, with the commissioner for Religious Affairs, Tahar Adam, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ali Makoda and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Salihu Takai, among others.
“After the meeting, resolutions were made and agreed upon by the governor. He accepts the dialogue between the parties, as a response to AbdulJabbar call for justice.
“It was agreed that, all Islamic sects would be represented at the dialogue meeting. While some prominent scholars would also be invited from outside Kano to witness the dialogue.
“Government will provide a venue for the dialogue and the necessary security for the overall safety of the exercise, before, during and after.
“Those to be involved from all Muslim Sects are given two weeks maximum, to go and prepare their points of argument/dialogue for engaging AbdulJabbar in the much awaited dialogue.
“Governor Ganduje also accepted that the dialogue would be linked live in all radio stations, both local and foreign. He urged people to remain calm and peaceful before, during and after the dialogue,” the statement said.