An 83-year-old Muslim cleric Abubakar Abdullahi who hid more than 200 people including Christians when an attack erupted in Plateau state in 2018, says he likes to save lives as it is his hobby.
Abubakar had in June 2018, hid people who were fleeing from an attack in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state at a mosque in his village, Nghar Yelwa.
In July of this year, the religious cleric was honoured with the first-ever International Religious Freedom Award (IRFA) by the United States of America.
Abubakar said that life was too precious to be wasted when he spoke at an event in Makkah on the sidelines of the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage.
The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) organised the event to acquaint the public on how prepared it was to ensure that the 2019 Hajj was a success.
“It has always been my cardinal principle to save a life, no matter who is involved, Christian or Muslim,” Abubakar said.
“Life to me is so precious to be wasted.”
The religious cleric made a call to Nigerians to quit violence and tolerate each other, no matter their ethic or religious differences.
He thanked the President for according him the honour of membership of the Ulama team as he also prayed to God to give him wisdom so he could lead the nation in such a way that would click with the yearnings and aspirations of citizens of the country.
The acting chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, who commended the imam for showing such love, revealed that it was the President who ordered that Abubakar be included in the Ulama committee.
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