Sheik Murtala Sokoto, a prominent Islamic cleric, says the president, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has lost, adding that those who still support him saying ‘Sai baba’ are liars and hypocrites.
Sokoto said this to some Muslim youth while giving a sermon.
In the video that Sahara Reporters received, the cleric said Buhari could no longer visit his home state of Katsina because of the people’s indignation and resentment.
While Buhari had named many Northerners to key positions, he said the citizens had also been misled by those who were granted those positions.
In his word he says “All those saying ‘Sai Baba’ Sai Baba, are liars, useless hypocrites. The man they called ‘Sai Baba’ now cannot even go to Katsina. He (Buhari) knows the anger that will greet him if he goes to Katsina.
“We are praying that Allah guide General Buhari to make amends, to do better as a leader, but if he continues in his ways, we pray Allah to replace him with a better leader. The peak of stupidity is when these people say northerners have been given juicy positions, but those given these juicy positions have betrayed everyone.”
He said the masses are on the receiving end when they can no longer go to their farms because of the high degree of instability.
When these poor farmers go to the farm, they get abducted and they are being demanded massive ransoms.
Sokoto added, “Rice, can we feed ourselves? How? They said people should go to the farm but when you go to the farm you will be kidnapped. You (Buhari) said we should cultivate our farms in the North, go and see all over the North. An example is Katsina, go to Sokoto, Zamfara.
“In these places, those who go to the farm are always abducted by criminals and a ransom of N2m to N3m will be made…! How can a village farmer afford N3m? Are we really serious? Because of cruelty and wickedness, they are saying we should be patient, but for how long shall we be more patient? Patience is something the prophet has given us conditions for. We have had enough of this oppressive government.”
he noted that the suffering is never from Allah
The cleric said that with food shortages caused by the farmers’ inability to harvest their crops, they hoped to import food, but Buhari ordered the closure of all land boundaries that made their plight worse
He said, “We will continue to talk about Zakkat, but first I have to talk to you about the difficult situation our country is in now. The country is in disarray. Is this country not already in trouble? Is that not true? The old man (Buhari) had pushed us all to the wall. Hasn’t he pushed us to the wall? Hasn’t he? Whatever noise that will be made, whatever evil sermon they are giving you is useless. Don’t listen to those stupid excuses that it is Allah that is putting us through this.
“If you believe this illogic; go and take a sword and slaughter a human being and then claim it is Allah that caused it. He who was merciful to people, Allah, will be merciful to him. What point am I trying to make?
“The point is, the poverty and hardship we are facing now are caused by the Federal Government. They claimed there was hardship during the prophet’s time but our suffering today is because borders have been closed. We get food through these borders but they have been closed out of the cruelty of Buhari.”
Sokoto said that the poor donated money to Buhari ‘s campaign during the electioneering, with the expectation that he would put them first.
He called on Buhari to change his ways instantly or he would pray to God to drive him abroad.
“Poor Nigerians have you in their tongues every day. They contributed N5,000, N2,000 they financed the campaign of General Buhari. But they are being paid with suffering. Sunnah clerics told us Buhari is a good person, but what we have now is a different Buhari. We pray Buhari changes for better, if not we will pray to Allah to remove him.”