Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, had sacked Magaji on Saturday following his “unguarded utterances” over the demise of Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, I a statement on his Facebook page on Sunday, Magaji said he was misunderstood and never intended to celebrate the death of the late chief of staff.
“As a Muslim and a patriotic Nigerian, I was only misunderstood by people to think that I celebrated Kyari’s death, the truth is I did not,” Magaji said.
“The use of “win-win phrase” is basically an attempt to explain the Islamic Promise on the people that died as a result of any kind of pandemic.
“The late Mallam Abba Kyari was privileged to die as a result of COVID-19, making him among the beneficiaries in Islam. He is conferred with the automatic privilege of martyrdom.
“I could not have celebrated the death of any human being; because it’s against my culture, social civilization and most importantly, the teaching of my religion.
“I sincerely apologise for any misunderstood action, reaction and inactions, we are all in a difficult time that anxiety, worries and depression make understanding difficult.
“I am so sorry for any pain I may have caused both the families of the late chief of staff and my boss His Excellency Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.”