2 March 2004

Nigeria: Group Protests Powers of Sharia Commission

Kano — Thousands of Quadriyya Sufis yesterday marched on the streets of Kano, protesting the constitutional power vested on the state Sharia Commission.

Leading the protest, one of the leaders of the Seu, Sheikh Abdul Jabar Nasiru Kabara, accused Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, of deliberate usurpation of Emir of Kano's power of appointing imams of Juma'at mosques in the state.

Kabara, however, called for the immediate sack of the commission chairman, Sheik Umar Kabo, who incidentally is a member of Tijjaniyya Sufi sect.

In the same vein, Kabara also demanded the removal of the state Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Garba Yusuf and his Local Government Ministry counterpart, Abdullahi Sani Rogo, for allegedly being members of rival Izalat group.

But a government spokesman who pleaded anonymity said the Qadriyya members, were merely registering their anger over the removal of their leader, Sheik Rariballah Nasiru Kabara, from the position of chairman of the State Pilgrim's Welfare Board.

According to him, the position is being rotated among the Qadirinyya and Tijjaniyya group. "But despite that the tenure of the former has expired, he wants to stay for life."

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