There was a mild drama yesterday at the Kiyawa Sharia High Court in Jigawa State when the embattled chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Dr.Hassan Abubakar Fulata, who has been standing trial over a case defamation filed by Governor Sule Lamido, told the court that he lied against Lamido on the certificate forgery allegation and pleaded for forgiveness.
Dr. Fulata, who pleaded guilty of the charges defamation read to him, said,”Alhaji Sule Lamido as the leader in Jigawa is also my leader, god father, friend and political mentor. I solicit for your kindness to overlook and forgive my declaration that you did not attend school and that you forged your certificates. It was the work of the devil”.
Responding, Governor Sule Lamido, who was also in court said, “You worked with me while I was Minister of Foreign Affairs. I am surprised that after these years together, you just realised that I did not attend school. Your accusations against me brought untold agony on my person, my family, my friends and associates who were highly embarrassed by your declaration. Though, I won the case up to the Supreme Court, I decided to seek redress before a Sharia Court. But now that you have openly admitted that you lied against me, I Sule Lamido, have entirely forgiven your past deeds even as I know that we will all stand before our creator one day to account for our deeds”.
The lawyer to Dr. Fulata, Barrister Dalhatu Shehu Usman, asked the Shariah Court judge to discard the pronouncement of the crime before the court since his client is willing to seek the governor’s forgiveness.
In his ruling, the Sharia Court judge, Alhaji Aliyu Muhammed Abdullahi, said forgiveness is a virtue highly recommended in Islam, especially in this month of Dhul hijja. He praised the complainant for taking that option. He thereafter pronounced the case closed.
Lamido and Fulata letter exchanged pleasantries and took photographs together.