Ganduje, a Governor in Kano or a Taliban Mullah? By Saminu Aliyu Recent occurrences in Kano have pushed me into wanting to comment on the unfortunate issues that led to the suppression, subsequent arrest and incarceration of Malam Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara. Because as a practicing Sunni Muslim I am yet to be convinced by the claims put together by the coalition of our clerics in Kano in connivance with the Kano state government. The image displayed to the public is that of governor Ganduje accepting and imposing a state religion in Kano, which if anyone refutes will be dealt with by his government. Every Muslim that has bothered to acquire a little beyond the basic Islamic knowledge is aware that there are in existence some fake traditions (Hadiths) attributed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW). What is more is that they are not only fake or lies but also down play and insult the personality and in some cases even the morality of the Prophet (SAW). These fake traditions (Hadith) are all over and contained even in books like Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and they have provided access to the enemies of Islam to promote phobia against not only Islam, but also the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW) as a person. We are all witnesses to what Salman Rushdie wrote in his book called the 'Satanic Verses'. He used such traditions (Hadiths) sarcastically to insult Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Such traditions (Hadiths) have also been used in cartoons to insult Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and made to go viral on the social media. These are things that always anger the Muslims and push them into reactions that sometimes even portray them as lacking tolerance, being fanatical or even extremist. Malam Abduljabbar made effort to enlighten the Muslims of the dangers of those traditions (Hadiths) and the need for Muslims to denounce and disown them. This is in brief what has formed the basis of his study sessions that could not be tolerated by a lot of Sunnis because such traditions (Hadiths) form the root of their ideological inclinations and are concocted and transmitted by some people they revere. As a Sunni Muslim I am aware of the fact that we have regard for the companions of the holy Prophet (SAW) because of the role they have played in the early days of Islam. But I don't personally believe that they are sin free nor do I believe they are in any way better than the holy Prophet (SAW). But unfortunately for a lot of our scholars, they present the companions of the Prophet (SAW) in a manner as though they mean more to them than the holy Prophet (SAW). They choose to accept a fake tradition (Hadith) because of the said companion that narrated the tradition (Hadith) even if the tradition (Hadith) downplays or insults the personality of the holy Prophet (SAW). It is this issue that our Sunni clerics in Kano have used in castigating and suppressing Malam Abduljabbar who they have controversially accused of inciting the public and committing blasphemy against the Prophet (SAW), an accusation he has since condemned and dismissed. They went to the extent of pulling the state government into the crises by likely misinforming the governor thereby turning governor Ganduje into a Taliban Mullah in Kano by accepting to wrongly support fanatical sectarianism as against freedom of religion and association provided by the Nigerian Constitution. The government on its side subsequently lost its sense of liberalism and embraced fundamentalism by openly displaying where it belongs and even using state resources to that extent. The government has been pushed into this embarrassing situation founded by the hungry clerics surrounding it. The most unwise thing that has been done so far is the arrest and detention of the embattled cleric by the state government after being controversially accused of blasphemy and inciting the public. Definitely the government only appears to be suppressive, sectarian and fanatical on this matter by displaying itself as inciting sectarian tension and hatred among citizens by simply identifying with one sect against the other. Is high time the governor comprehends this matter and resolves the matter amicably and not allowing some hungry clerics around the government lead it astray.