"..... God has promised to show his existence, supremacy and truthfulness of Islam as the only religion of truth.
"So, people should not consider this as something different, and they should be firm in their faith because the bull is not different from other cattle we use to have in our homes and ranches," he said.
He also warned people against attaching any spiritual importance to the cow which is capable of affecting their faith in God. "Ours is to be more firm in our faith and use this as a source of Da'awa," he said.
Sheikh Yusuf added that "It is telling that the name of the Prophet appeared in white even though the cow is completely black skinned. More so, it was written on the face. This is enough for us to appreciate and preach that Islam is the religion of God," he said.
The bull is now in a local zoo after State government officials had to force the owner, Alhaji Bala, to sell it. For a hefty sum, that is. The owner apparently purchased it at a market for N25,000 and sold it for N200,000, but only after the Emir of Nguru intervened.
Yobe State Commissioner for Religious Affairs Alhaji Auwal Goyo Kura said it was necessary for government to keep the cow under its custody to prevent people from attaching unnecessary beliefs to the cow.
"Government will keep it in the zoo to be used for Da'awa (preaching), as well as tourist attraction," the commissioner said.
I wonder if they realize the symbolism of the Prophet's name being written on a bull. Perhaps they are unaware of the slang definition of the word. I'm not sure I'd want that association- Islam = Bull.