Abuja - An Islamic cleric, Malam Musa Mai-Shawi, on Sunday cautioned people against reprisal attacks following the assassination of Sheik Muhammad Albani, a popular Islamic scholar in Zaria.
Speaking in Zaria during late Albani's funeral prayer, Mai-Shawi said the plea became necessary in view of the tension caused by the sudden death of the popular cleric.
Mai-Shawi, who is the chief Imam of "Darul Hadith", a school established by the deceased, said that although the death of Albani was painful, everything should be left to God.
"There are no two ways about it, everybody is aggrieved about this sad development. However, I urge you to take heart and leave everything to God.
"God Almighty be my witness and you people around here be my witnesses, that I have conveyed the message. Nobody should by any means, attack anyone in the name of revenge.
"Malam is already dead and no action will bring him back. God knows who are behind his brutal killing and He knows how to deal with them," he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the funeral prayer was led by Malam Musa Maikwano-Gusau, while final interment took place at Dambo graveyard, Jos road, in Zaria.
Late Sheik Albani, his wife and a child,were killed by unknown gunmen on Saturday night.