NSCIA reacts to allegation of alleged complicity in Yakowa’s death
The National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has described the viral document that indicated complicity of the council in the death of a former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa as concocted to cause disharmony in the country.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council, Salisu Shehu, said the document while pointing out holes in the document clarified that the council do not referred to religious scholars as clergies as contained in the document. “We do not call our religious scholars clergies.”
NSCIA is the umbrella body of Muslims in Nigeria, including JNI, one of the foremost Islamic body in Northern Nigeria.
Shehu, in a statement, noted that Pantami was not a member of JNI, so he could not have chaired the group’s meeting. “We don’t have Shehu Maigandu. We do not write Barkin Ladi. We don’t write Dogo Nahawa,” Shehu said of the document.
While noting that the document that appears to be Minute does not meet the standard of rules of meetings, said that the council has never seen Christians as dominant in the South-West.
“The Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency seat is always won by Jasawa. JNI does not need to struggle on it. The last occupant, Haruna Maitala died recently.”
Despite his claim that his views on extremist groups has like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban has changed over the years, the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, have been under public pressure to resign from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari following past statements he made supporting extremist groups.