Imam to receive national award for saving 262 Christians

An 86-year-old Islamic cleric in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, will receive a National Honour this week.

Abubakar had risked his life to hide 262 Christians in a mosque during a clash in Yelwa Gindi Village on June 23, 2018.

He was widely hailed after he hid some would-be victims of herdsmen violence in his mosque.

“I hid the women in my house and after that, I took the men into the mosque and hid them there,” he said.

However, the assailants caught up with the Imam, forcefully demanding that he release those who were Christians in the mosque.

But the cleric said he deceived the bandits that all those in the mosque were Muslims and upon hearing this, the attackers left him and continued with their killing elsewhere.

It is reported that President Muhammadu Buhari will present the award to him on October 11, 2022, at the State House in Abuja.



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