A famous Sokoto-based Islamic cleric, Bello Yabo, has prayed for the abduction of President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, by terrorists.
Recall that the terrorists who kidnapped passengers on a Kaduna-bound train had released a video last week, showing them meting out corporal punishment on the victims and threatening to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State governor, and some lawmakers if they did not comply with their demands.
In response to the video, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, had said that, “terrorist activity using propaganda and the use of violence to force governments to accept or submit to political demands is not new all over world.”
Reacting to Mr Shehu’s statement, the cleric flayed the presidential spokesman for describing the video as prograpanda.
He accused Mr Shehu of being insensitive to the plight of captives and prayed for Mr Shehu to fall into the hands of the kidnappers.
“I pray they kidnap you, Garba Shehu, and demonstrate as propaganda,” Mr Yabo said.
While appealing to the terrorists to release the innocent victims in captivity, the cleric wished the terrorists success in their threats to kidnap all those they threatened to kidnap.
“We are praying for you kidnappers. May God grant you success in carrying out your threats to kidnap those people. But please release the innocent people in captivity.
“If these were the kind of people you have been abducting all this while, we wouldn’t have bothered ourselves. We would instead pray and bless you because they have become a disaster [to us].
“These are people who promised heaven and earth, and now they have the opportunity but became incompetent. Take them to the bush and flog them, instead of humiliating innocent citizens who are striving to make ends meet.
“And please make good your threats, and we will support you with prayers” Mr Yabo said in Hausa.
The visibly angry cleric noted that he was a staunch supporter of the president before he became a critic