Sheikh Umar Sani Rijiyar Lemo, a renowned Islamic scholar has expressed surprise over how some Muslim leaders became angry with fellow Muslims for speaking out against the abduction and forceful conversion to Christianity of nine Kano Muslim children by an Igbo kidnap syndicate.
Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.
In a sermon delivered at Usman bin Affan Juma’at Mosque in Kano city, Sheik Rijiyar Lemo said it was annoying that many Muslim leaders who kept mute on the strange Kano abduction, later came out to condemn those who spoke on the issue.
“Our people who are in a position of taking action and claim Islam as their religion shut their mouth, and even got angry with those who spoke their minds and condemned the atrocity,” he lamented.
“If this abduction was carried out by Muslims or any group related to Islam by now even the United Nations would have come out to demand justice for the victims,” he said.
However, the cleric urged the people of Kano to “exercise patience in the face of provocation”, saying Islam always teaches us to maintain peace.
Commending the Kano police for rescuing the nine children, Sheikh Rijiyar Lemo also charged them to intensify efforts in rescuing other victims.
“We are also calling on the government at all levels to ensure that justice is done,” he said.