Salim Ishaq Hassan
(5th May, 2009)

On Friday April 13, 2007 there was chaos and confusions engulfed the whole Northern states of Nigeria particularly Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna and others, when the demise of the great Shiekh Ja’afar was announced in different media. The great Sheikh was brutally assassinated via a shot of gun while offering his ‘Subh’ (morning) prayer in his mosque. Those who know Sheikh Ja’afar knew him only for his commitment to Islam and for his eruditeness and eloquence in ‘Tafseer’ (Qur’an Commentary). He was killed just for he proclaimed that “There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah”: no legislator and no law-giver besides Allah, and for that he called for the abolition of any system of life not designated by Allah. This is the reason why the great Sheikh was killed by the ‘neo-Jahili’ leaders of Nigeria. Despite that the material body of the Sheikh is no more here with us the sincere believers all know that his holy soul is still alive with Allah and is being provided with all sustenance (Tayyibat). The great Sheikh was murdered but yet Islam and sincere Muslims are alive and intact. The killers of Sheikh Ja’afar are still unknown meanwhile the situation is left un-investigated. And why all these? No body knows. May God bless Sheikh Ja’afar and preserve his soul in the highest paradise.

Now it is two years after the unexpected assassination of the Sheikh whom I may call the “Unique Martyr’ of his era. In this very recent time, we have been exposed to a critical report which says the Kano state governor, Mal. Ibrahim Shekarau is among the chief accomplice in enticing the killing of the Sheikh. However, there are no physical evidences provided. The preliminary evidences provided by the claimants of Sheikh Ja’afar’s holy blood is only based on hypothesis and speculation as it is available in their corroboration. The first article of this report was posted on internet website Secondly, another different but relevant report was published in a newspaper called “Desert Herald” based in Kaduna. The reports dwelt so much on the powerful indictment against Gov. Ibrahim Shekarau as the masterpiece in leading the assassination of the great Sheikh. It was said that it was Shekarau who provided some of the bribery and enticement payment to the killers of the Sheikh. Tijjani Garba who was accounted to have been the typical murderer of the Sheikh was said to have received $50,000 from Shekarau through his direct contractor, Alhaji Abba Gana. Furthermore, when Tijjani Garba, the assumed killer of the Sheikh Ja’afar had made confessional statement for his grave sin to Nigerian police, Shekarau had bribed the then Inspector General of police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero with another sum of N 100,000,000 to neglect and bury all the confessional statements made by Tijjani Garba, and to deviate any act of investigation.

But all such provided evidences are baseless and unreliable yet. We should not put our credence in this report; we have to think and ponder over it before we shall submit to it. An intelligent person would ask, what is the source of this evidence? Who discover this secret information? What are the physical and factual corroboration supporting this claimed evidences? And so on and so forth.

Perhaps, the main physical and factual corroboration to involve Shekarau in this crime was attributed to the bitter relationship that was known to have existed between Shekarau and Sheikh Ja’afar when the later was publicly declared his voluntary resignation and cut himself off from the Hisbah Board or Shari’ah Commission founded by Shekarau. The reason for his resignation was perceived to assume that the supposedly Shari’ah Commission was not based on sincere intention and true objectives of Islam. However, the actual reason for Sheikh Ja’afar’s leaving was only known to him until his death. As he leaved the Board, Sheikh Ja’afar began to criticizing Shekarau’s administration. Thus, Shekarau looked upon Ja’afar as a threat on his way to assume second tenure of Kano state governorship. Due to this fact, Shekarau become tempted to inevitably take all measures that he can to eliminate and remove this threat on his way. Unfortunately, the only resorted solution culminated in brutal murder of the Sheikh Ja’afar. Many who people who believe in Desert Herald’s report usually substantiate their evidence with such aforementioned bitter relationship of shekarau and sheikh Ja’afar.

So, how did the purported documents indicting Shekarau’s complicity come to exposure? I have a thorough research reading on knowing this fact and I have found that Tukur Mamu’s own credibility must have become suspicious in this matter. Previously, there was an irrational hatred nurtured by Tukur Mamu against Shekarau when he (Shekarau) refused to offer share of Two Million Naira as requested by Mamu. It was this Mamu who exposed the purported documentary indictment of Shekarau. The copy of confessional statement and the alleged cheque of N100, ooo, ooo must have been either fabricated by the Mamu or issued by some hidden government or private authorities. But we should not forget that the confessional statement carried a logo of Nigerian police. We may sense an element of truth but still Mamu must become suspicious. Do you know why? Sule Uba Gaya was the only person to have tactfully accessed the documentary indictment which was then available with Tukur Mamu, few weeks before their exposure to the public scene. When Sule accidentally came across the copy of the confessional statement of Tijjani Garba, he wanted to have it; but Mamu refused unless that he (Sule) promised to obtain that N2, 000, 000 from Shekarau; and that Shekarau would be smeared with such document if he fail to offer that money. If Mamu is sincere to expose the killers of Ja’afar why is he intending to prevaricate for obtaining material wealth of mere N2, 000, 000. This fact shows that even if Mamu appear to know the killers he is ready to enjoy bribe from them so as to deviate the truth. Let assume that Shekarau is the culprit, why Mamu want to accept N2, 000, 000 to purify Shekarau. Hence, Mamu’s rigorous investigation on this issue is far away from sincerity and fairness. We might perceive all of his attempt as a pretext implicate and to defame shekarau’s reputation. Sule have claimed that he had obtained copies of the documents indicting Shekarau from Tukur Mamu some months before Desert Herald’s publication. But why did he fail to inform the security or the public about such fact until the arrest of Ado Mohammed? Many people believe that Kano State government had conspired arrest of Ado Mohammed. However, according to Sule’ written account, the story was totally opposite, that Mamu did implicated Ado Mohammed just as he did it for Shekarau. Sule stated that the Bank PHB Cheque was introduced to him by Mamu which led to the arrest to Ado Mohammed was introduced to him by Mamu. In the words of Sule Uba: “Let me also say that Tukur Mamu personally gave me a photocopy of that Bank PHB cheque as well as some purported documents to do with killing of Sheikh Ja’afar in the evening of Wednesday, May, 2009…..It was from Tukur Mamu that I saw the cheque for the first time. If I am lying against Tukur Mamu may Allah destroy my life and refuse me all what I want in this world and the hereafter”.

He further declared that: “Let me also make swear that if I or any other official of Kano State government were the one(s) who concocted the cheque to implicate Freedom Radio and/or Alhaji Ado Mohammed may Allah destroy my life and refuse me all what I want in this world and the hereafter….. I challenge Tukur Mamu to come and swear to Allah in the same manner that I just did” (Dailytrust, Monday, July 20, 2009, Vol. 22 No 16; p. 22).

Even the police security had found such documents in Mamu’s house during their investigative research. But, Mamu claimed to have got them only as they (documents) became available among the public after Sahara reporters’ publication. Nevertheless, Sule Uba disclaimed this allegation as he said: “Tukur Mamu was also lying when he said a copy of the cheque and other documents found in his house during police research amounted to nothing, that he got them because they have already become public documents by the publication of same in Sahara reporters. He is lying because he personally gave a copy of that cheque early May this year, while Sahara reporters only published it almost two months later……who gave Sahara reporters a copy of that cheque? If the cheque was indeed stole (then) who stole it…….It is either he (Mamu) who stole it from Alhaji Ado Mohammed/flaps or he knows who did so”.

So, therefore, we must hold Mamu accountable for certain for certain reasons; either Mamu fabricated such cheque and documents or he obtained them from other source. In either case we are left in a highly questionable situation. The important point to keep up to date in our mind is there was no any other Nigerian newspapers that published the first story of Ja’afar’s murder except Mamu’s Desert herald. And according to Sule’s account, Mamu had obtained some relevant documents to do with killing Sheikh Ja’afar even before Sahara reporters’ publication. This means that it might be said there was a complex networking and relationship between American Sahara reporters and Mamu’s Desert herald in fabricating intrigues against Gov. Shekarau. An imperative question to ask is: who introduce the documents to either between them? It should be either Mamu introduced them to Sahara reporters or vice versa. In all the case, we need to know where did they get the documents first.

Until now no one can actually prove the physical and factual evidences that portray Shekarau’s involvement in this crime. All what we have stated is only a hypothesis, and not a fact. Despite of all this, there is indeed sense of truth in the reports. However, some critical analysts have considered the report as a pretext of political propaganda to undermine and kill the spirit of A.N.P.P in Kano which will pave the way to the P.D.P’s victory in the next election.

Finally, God knows the murderers of his noble servant and all those who have cunningly contributed to the crime. Little by little God will reveal the truth and will expose the killers to the world visibly on the earth and put them to shame and misery in their life. We, the sincere advocate of Shari’ah and Islam hereby, suggest that there shall be no compromise with the murderers of Sheikh Ja’afar whenever they become known to the world. Justice must be done by the laws executers when the culprits are found. And if not, there is possibility of anything to happen – skirmish here and there and terrorizing the political leaders. In order to avoid any crisis and civil war the murderers if found and confirmed guilty they should be dealt with accordingly. The failure of doing justice, whatever the result and consequences might be, the government should be blamed.


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Paper presented to Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (MSSN)
Bayero University, Kano Chapter

Salim Ishaq. Hassan (Salmullah)
Education Department
Bayero University, Kano

©Salimullah 2009


The truth is one and single while falseness are many and varied. In fact, we have forgotten our mission on this earth. Even though we are Muslims and we do obey Allah as possible as we can that does not mean we are not sinful or betrayers of His commands and prohibitions. In fact, in this era we are lost from the very moment when we betrayed and undermined the trustee of Allah given to us. However, we are not the same in this betrayal because Allah knows those who were overpowered to establish His Laws and those who willingly suppress it. I only generalize our sins just in order to express the high limit of errors that most of our leaders committed by failing to apply Allah’s law in their own states.

We ought to know that there are some basic responsibilities which we failed to fulfill them yet. We are the chosen servants of Allah to be His proxy on this earth and we are entrusted with certain tasks and responsibilities but yet we neglect them. We failed to fulfill some basic commands of Allah prescribed for us in the Qur’an. In such commands, Allah places the secret of Muslims divine power to rule the world; in it Allah places the ingredient of Muslims social, political economic and military independence; in it Allah places his blessings on Muslim social and political life. But, yet we are not daring to take heed and notice of them.

In my long discreet journey in the Qur’an with avidity to know the main cause of Muslims problems and the possible solutions to be provided I have came across some basic missions which we have forgotten. Thus, we forgot our mission on this earth- the reason why we are deposed from the leadership of the world and reduced to plight of poverty and political malaises by Western tyrannies. My observation on this issue can be presented thus:

1. Muslims are the Guidance and Counselors for the Humanity

The mission of Muslim Ummah on this earth after they were entrusted with the task of vicegrency is to be the leading guardians and counselors to all humanity in general however we forgot this mission. Allah says:

“We thus made you a just (impartial) community that you shall serve as witness among the nations and messenger is witness among you…..”
“You are the best community ever raised among the nations to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong (and above all) you believe in Allah…” (Al- Imran:110),

These two verses are succinctly indicating the position of Muslim Ummah among the world nations and societies as such they are placed in the highest level of leadership in matters of legal and common laws, social moralities, values and decencies. According to the verses, the fact that Muslims shall be the witness among the nations implies that they should be the founders of universal international laws and courts of justice; they should be the chief designers of international relation policies; they should be the prosecutors of human socio-political life. And finally, they shall be those who can legislate and enforce Allah’s laws and orders on this earth for the whole humanity. These are some of the important implications of the above verses.
But unfortunately, Muslims forgot this mission while the Western powers who are the agents of Satan adopted it. They are now legislate, command and prohibit not only for their infidel brothers but also for the Muslim Ummah. May Allah show us the right path.

2. Muslims Shall be The Leaders of Their World Nations

The second forgotten mission by the Muslims is that they were asked to reconcile, maintain and retain their brotherhood of Islam and to rule, manage, supervise and undertake the leadership of their societies and nations independently. Allah says:

“Believers are but a single brotherhood; so make peace and reconciliations (conflict resolution) between your brotherhoods; and fear Allah that you may be granted of (his) mercy”. (Hujrat:10).

“If two parties of believers fought with each other (or fall into quarrel) you (as leaders) shall reconcile them. If one party aggresses against the other you shall fight (by enforcing pressure or military force) the aggressing party until they submits to the will of Allah; but if they obey (from onset) you shall reconcile between them with justice, and be fair, for Allah loves those who are fair” (Hujrat:9).

These two quoted verses instruct the believers to apply any legitimate means that may serve for their independent global existence without any external intervention from their enemies or else. All peace treaties, conflict resolutions, socio-economic policies development, international relation policies and all other aspect of political life should be done and adopted within the Ummah itself whose sovereign source of law and legislator is Allah, the most High. Then, question may arise here as to what extent can we execute this forgotten mission? The answer to this question would be the main rationale behind the creation of Islamic United Nations (IUN) which I have presented else where in my book. The need of independent existence of Muslim global unity and leadership will be known from the first quoted verse (Hujrat:10), while the need of Muslim global peace treaties and conflict resolution among theirs various societies and others which also requires them to have an independent military and security organization will be known from the second quoted verse (Hujrat:9).

But, unfortunately this mission is also forgotten by the Muslim Ummah while the Westerns adopted it by establishing their secular UN activities which impose ungodly laws not only upon their infidel brothers but also upon the Muslim Ummah to obey. Muslim leaders have made a grave sin for their failure to execute this mission. May Allah grant us with true Islamic Muslim leaders.

3, Muslims shall be the Chief Judges and Prosecutors on Earth

This is the second mission which the Muslims have forgotten to undertake. It is the mission entrusted to them by Allah to be establishers of justice, fairness, equality and equity on earth in legal and common laws, and all dimensions of life affairs. Allah says:

“Oh you, who believed, stick firmly to Allah as witnesses to justice (i.e establishers of justice and equity on earth) and don’t be provoked by hatred of other people against you (e.g Western power) to swerve from Justice; you shall absolutely do just; for it is closer to righteousness…..” (Ma’idah:8)

“Oh you, who believed, you shall be absolute establishers of justice as witness to Allah even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives; whether the (accused) is rich or poor Allah takes care of both; don’t follow your personal desires to swerve from justice; but if you distort or deviate (from justice) verily Allah is fully cognizant of everything you do”. (Nisa’i:135).
These two quoted verses are very important in case of inter-personal, inter-community and international legal and common matters. It is not absurd or irrational to extract from the verses the need of the generation of International court of Justice and court of Appeal by the Muslim Ummah which can represent and serve the needs of Muslim Ummah in particular and humanity at large. This is what Allah wills the Muslims to do as far as their national and international socio-political relationship is concerned. In the light of these verses, Muslims are invited to be the leading establishers of justice and equity on earth. They are cautioned to dispose of any act of bias, injustice and impartiality. They are invited to serve as lawyers and prosecutors of oppressed and inferior individual, group, community or society. They are also strongly and emphatically cautioned not to be influenced by any external provocation and intervention which may tempt them to injustice. Unfortunately this is really what is happening now; we are under the total control of Western power and our leaders are afraid of them a lot to the extent that they either overtly or covertly signed a treaty with such Western leaders that Islam must not be established on earth in its totality but partially. Our accused or guilty Muslims have been sending to secular international court; they are being tried, tortured and convicted unjustly under secular man-made laws that are against the laws of Allah.



The confused man can no longer be at ease.