Buhari to Complement Imam Who Saved 262 Christians With a National Award

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A Muslim cleric from Plateau State, Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, is one of the 437 people the Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed for a National Award. Abubakar has been proposed for Membership in the Order of the Niger (MON). On October 11, at the State House, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari will give the prizes.

It could be recalled that in June 2018, ten communities in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State were allegedly attacked by suspected bandits. The IMAM took it upon himself to hide 262 Christians in his mosque, a gesture that received both national applause from Nigerians all over the country and the international community.

In March 2019, the US Embassy in Nigeria announced in a tweet that Abubakar had been given the Nigerian Star “in recognition of achievement and service to Nigeria and Nigerians.” The 84-year-old Imam was referred to by the Embassy as a “peace builder” who “put his faith into action” by protecting the lives of adherents of other faiths.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) honors the Imam at its “Sapphire CAN Day” event in Abuja. 

After the incident, the 83-year-old Imam of Nghar village was ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to be brought by Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, for “a handshake and national honor.”

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