Imam Who Saved 262 Christians to Get National Award

President Muhammadu Buhari will bestow a national honor this week on Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, an 86-year-old Muslim priest who risked his life to hide 262 Christians in a mosque during fighting in Yelwa Gindi Village.

One of the 437 people named by the federal government to receive national honors is Abubakar, an Islamic preacher from the Plateau state.

Abubakar has been proposed to receive the Order of the Niger member award (MON).

The awards will be given out on October 11 at the state house in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari.

When alleged bandits reportedly raided 10 towns in the state’s Barkin Ladi LGA in June 2018, Abubakar is credited for hiding 262 Christians in his mosque.

Muktar Gulma, a professor who allegedly insisted on sticking by his students during an attack on the Federal Government College (FGC) in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi state, is also listed among the nominees.

He was allegedly eventually released along with some of the pupils.

On the list of contenders for the Member of the Order of the Niger honor is Gulma (MON).

The U.S. Department of State gave out an annual award for valiant acts protecting religious freedom anywhere in the world on July 17, 2019, therefore Imam Abubakar has been recognized for his daring and heroic gesture before.

Notably, Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, the leader of the Muslim faith who voluntarily risked his life to save Christians who were going to be slain without his intervention, is one of the five individuals honored with the International Religious Freedom Award.

Along with Abdullahi, the 2019 International Religious Freedom Award went to four other religious leaders from the Sudan, Iraq, Brazil, and Cyprus. As implied by the title, supporters of religious freedom are recognized with this award.

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