“And please make good your threats, and we will support you with prayers,” Yabo said in Hausa.
An influential Islamic cleric in Sokoto State, Sheikh Bello Yabo, has prayed for the kidnap of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also wished for the abduction of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, by terrorists.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu had rubbished a recent viral video where Abuja-Kaduna railway abducted victims were being flogged by kidnappers.
“Terrorist activity using propaganda and the use of violence to force governments to accept or submit to their demands are not new all over the world,” Shehu said.
Reacting to Shehu’s statement, the cleric snapped at the presidential spokesman for describing the video as prograpanda.
He accused Mr Shehu of being insensitive to the plight of the captives and prayed for him to fall into the hands of the kidnappers.
“I pray they kidnap you, Garba Shehu, and demonstrate it as propaganda, Sheikh Yabo said.
While appealing to the terrorists to release the innocent victims in captivity, the cleric wished the terrorist success in their threats to kidnap all those they threatened to kidnap.
“We are praying for you kidnappers. May God grant you success in carrying out your threats to kidnap those people. But please release the innocent people in captivity.
“If these were the kind of people you have been abducting all this while, we wouldn’t have bothered ourselves. We would instead pray and bless you because they have become a disaster to us.
“These are people who promised heaven and earth, and now they have the opportunity but became incompetent. Take them to the bush and flog them, instead of humiliating innocent citizens who are striving to make ends meet.
“And please make good your threats, and we will support you with prayers,” Sheikh Yabo said in Hausa.