Islamic cleric apologises over call for killing of Remi Tinubu

Oluremi Tinubu
Oluremi Tinubu

Islamic cleric Idris Tenshi has apologised for calling for the killing of first lady Remi Tinubu whom he described as an infidel.

While giving a sermon in Hausa language, Tenshi had said the wife of President Bola Tinubu should be killed.

“Tinubu’s wife is an unbeliever and even among the unbelievers, she is a leader. She is among those that Allah has instructed us to kill because she is among the leaders of the unbelievers,” he said.

Many called for his arrest and prosecution after the video went viral.

The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) also urged authorities to arrest and prosecute the cleric.

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However, in a new video released on social media, Tenshi apologised to Mrs Tinubu for his remarks.

“I would like to pass this message to Nigerians regarding a video I did which is circulating on social media,” he said.

“All the things I said were a mistake and I don’t stand on the words I said. Other clerics have given me a proper explanation of the verse that I quoted.

“As a human being, I am prone to making mistakes. I am apologising to her excellency Remi Tinubu over the comments I made and taking back the words I said.

“I am also apologising to Nigerians because she (Remi Tinubu) is like a mother to us. The season of politics is over. I made those comments during the time the campaign was taking place.

“Now that God has given Bola Tinubu power, we have no other option than to support him and wish him and his family well. Whoever felt offended by the things I said, I am sorry.”