Buhari to honour 86-year-old Imam who saved 262 Christians in Plateau with national award

President Muhammadu Buhari will give a National Honour to an 86-year-old Islamic cleric in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, who risked his life to hide 262 Christians in a mosque during a clash in Yelwa Gindi Village.

The award will be presented to him on October 11, 2022 at the State House in Abuja.

Abubakar was nominated to receive the award of member of the order of the Niger (MON).

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Recall, in 2018, Abubakar was said to have hidden 262 Christians in his mosque when suspected bandits attacked 10 communities in the Barkin Ladi LGA of the state.

Speaking on what informed his decision, the cleric had described it as a “gamble with his life”.

“I have never experienced such a terrible situation as this in my life. The recent ugly incident is unprecedented,” he had said.

His action has fetched him widespread recognition across the globe, and in 2019, the cleric was announced as one of the recipients of the US international religious freedom award.

Also on the list of nominees is Muktar Gulma, a teacher who was said to have insisted on sticking with his students during an attack on the Federal Government College (FGC) in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi state.

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He was said to have been eventually released alongside some of the students.

Gulma is on the list of nominees for the award of member of the order of the Niger (MON).

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