Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, an 86-year-old Islamic Cleric In Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau, who risked his life to hide 262 Christians in a mosque during a clash in Yelwa Gindi Village would be receiving a National Honor four years after his heroic feat.
The Awards will be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari today October 11, 2022, at the State House Abuja.
The National Honours Awards 2022 is given to advocates of religious freedom which cut across different facets of life in the country.
Abdullahi Abubakar earned his place on the list due to his heroic act on June 23, 2018, for protecting Christians who were fleeing attacks from Muslim herdsmen who had launched coordinated attacks on Christian farmers in 10 villages in the Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State at the risk of his life.
The imam gave refuge to his Christian neighbors, sheltering 262 Christians in his mosque and his home, and then stood outside the doors confronting the Muslim attackers.
More than 80 people were killed in the attacks by suspected herders who also set fire to many homes in the villages.