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Abuja mosque appoints new Imam months after Sheikh Khalid was fired over anti-govt sermon


The Management Committee of the National Assembly Central Mosque, Legislators’ Quarters, Abuja, has appointed Sheikh Sufyan Malumfashi, as the new Chief Imam of the mosque.

The Secretary of the Mosque Management Committee, Mansur Jarkasa, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the appointment took effect from Feb. 1.

The appointment came about 10 months after the disengagement of Sheikh Muhammad Nuru-Khalid as Chief Imam of the mosque in April 2022.

Khalid had, in his Jummat sermon, flayed the government for its inadequacy in dealing with the country’s security situation, amid several attacks by non-state actors.

The cleric then called on the electorate not to vote for any politician who cannot guarantee the safety of lives and properties.

But according to Jarkasa, the new appointment was endorsed by the mosque’s management committee headed by Senator Saidu Dansadau and his deputy, Abubakar Bawa-Bwari.

He said that the committee “after all necessary due diligence, consultation with stakeholders and due process resolved to unanimously appoint Sheikh Sufyan Malumfashi as the new Chief Imam of the mosque.”

Jarkasa said Sheikh Malumfashi had served as the Chief Imam of Area 11 Jumu’at Mosque, and was at the Saudi Arabian Consulate Office, Asokoro, as Jumma’at prayer imam.

The secretary said Sheikh Malumfashi is currently a visiting Jumu’at Imam of Al-Noor mosque, Wuse II, all in Abuja.

“Shiekh Malumfashi is presently the Deputy Ameer (Chairman) of the FCT Committee of Imams.

“He coordinate Da’awah activities on behalf of an International Donor Agency in six African countries

“He hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State and obtained his first degree in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Similarly, the new chief imam of the National Assembly Central Mosque, Zone, E, Legislators’ Quarters Apo, got his second degree from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi and is happily married with children.”

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