US honours Muslim cleric who rescued 300 christians in PlateauThe United State of America has recognised the service of the septuagenarian Imam Abdullahi Abubakar who saved about 300 Christians from attackers in Nghar Yelwa village of Barkin Ladi local government of the Plateau state, during the herdsmen attack on some christian villages.
The cleric was honoured at an event organised by the US embassy in Jos where Nigerians were urged to emulate the cleric’s gesture.
The Imam saved about 300 persons on June 24 when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded about 15 communities in the Barkin Ladi LGA, killing over 200 persons.
The people, mainly Christians, were said to be fleeing their homes from a neighbouring village in the Barkin Ladi LGA when the cleric opened the mosque and his home and hid them there.
“I hid the women in my personal house and after that, I took the men into the mosque and hid them there,”Abubakar had stated.
The assailants later stormed the mosque and demanded that the Imam open the mosque for them to kill the occupants. The Muslim cleric deceived them that all those in the mosque were Muslims.