The Kano State Council of Ulama to has removed Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil as its chairman.
A faction in the council, led by Saifullah Assudani, announced the removal at the state secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, on Monday.
Giving reasons for relieving Mr Khalil of his position, Mr Assudani claimed that the cleric had turned the council into a political platform.
Mr Assudani said: “He has turned the council into a political platform by engaging in faceoff with every government that come into power, that include former governors Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Rabiu Kwankwaso and of recent, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
“His reasons in all the cases were that they disallowed him to contest political offices in his position as a cleric, a situation that has led to the council not benefiting from the government and the government losing the elderly advises of the council.
“Lack of fairness to all the religious groups in the state who do not have any stake in the council, that include Tijjaniyya, Qadiriyya, Izala and other clerics from religious sects not mentioned here.
“Members are complaining of being kept aside without knowledgeable of what is happening in the council” the Ulama stated among others.”
Mr Assudani therefore announced the appointment of Prof. Saleh Pakistan, who is also the chairman of Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Commission as the new chairman of the council.
Meanwhile, a Tijjaniyya cleric from Kiru Local Government Area of the state, Sheikh Sulaiman Bello-Kiru, has rejected Mr Kalil’s removal, saying: “it is not fair and has political reasons”.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the Council’s press briefing, Mr Bello-Kiru said: “We are not part of this decision and it looks more political.
“We were only called upon to come and attend the press conference from where we heard the announcement that Sheikh Khalil has been impeached.
“We were not consulted and are not aware of anything. The body has no constitution, no tenure for the leadership and is being politicised,” he stated.