Unknown gunmen in Zaria have killed Sheikh Muhamman Auwal Albani Zaria and one of his wives in the late hours of yesterday on their way back home after attending the usual evening Tafsir lecture in the city.
The wife died on the spot of the shooting while the Sheikh was rushed to St. Luke Hospital in Wusasa area of Zaria where he was pronounced dead.
Sheikh Albani is the leader of the Islamic Salafiyya movement. He runs schools which for children., The Sheikh was briefly arrested in 2011 by the Nigerian police for his radical preaching but was set free by a court.
Albani is a popular Islamic Scholar based in Zaria. Below are excerpts of what he said on Boko Haram:
In your thinking and investigation, who are those behind the present bomb blasts in Nigeria?
I am not convinced that what is happening now is being perpetrated by Boko Haram. There are many possibilities. For example, investigation has revealed that over 90 percent of bomb blasts in Churches and Mosques in Pakistan are sponsored by agents of other countries. Is it not impossible for such type of thing to happen here in Nigeria because some of such countries are predicting the collapse of Nigeria by 2015? Do you think those countries would not do everything possible to justify their prediction? If we are living peacefully, are we going to disintegrate? But if bombs continue to detonate in mosques and churches, are we not heading for disintegration? Therefore, in real sense, you can’t rule out the Western conspiracy and their representatives in Nigeria on all that is happening in Nigeria today.Continue reading