The National Chairman of Jama'atul Izalatul Bid'ah Wa Iqamatul Sunnah (JIBWIS) Nigeria, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau is alive and well, Allnews reports.
Sahara Reporters had on Sunday claimed the renowned Islamic scholar died on Saturday night and was buried on Sunday morning according to Islamic rites.
But reacting to the news, Isa Ali Pantami, Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy clarified on his verified Twitter handle that it is the burial of Shaykh Adam Muhammad Gashua, and not Sheikh Bala Lau.
Shaykh Bala Lau is healthy, safe and sound. Misinformation, please, Saharareporters. It was a burial of Shaykh Adam Muhammad Gashua. It will be an excellent idea, if you correct it, please. Best wishes https://t.co/grGoqE8sQq
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) May 10, 2020
In similar vein, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari's Personal Assistant on New Media said he spoke with Sheikh Lau on phone on Sunday afternoon.
Just spoke with Sheikh Bala Lau on phone, he is alive, hale and hearty and so bitter about the wicked rumors of his death. What could possibly be Sahara Reporters’ source of the news that Sheikh Lau was dead today and social distancing protocol was violated at his funeral?
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 10, 2020
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Bala lau became the Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) of JIBWIS Nigeria at the age of 19 in his home state of Taraba.
He was appointed chief Imam of Daubeli Juma’ah mosque of Yola North in Adamawa state.
Subsequently, he became a member of JIBWIS National Executive Committee and National Preaching Class.
Bala Lau was also named the Deputy National Chairman after the demise of Sheikh Abubakar Ikara.
The religious leader established Manara Foundation, Sunnah TV, Families in Difficult Circumstances Fund, Organization of International Conference of all Ahlis Sunnah, Manara TV and Radio, Manara Scratch Card and the JIBWIS Printing Press.