The 83-year-old Imam was announced as a recipient of the award after he hid over 200 Christians from suspected bandits in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
He hid the Christian inside his mosque and home to prevent them from an attack by the bandits during June 2018 clashes.
Abdullahi according to the US Department of State website is being honoured after he, “selflessly risked his own life to save members of another religious community, who would have likely been killed without his intervention.”
Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback during the International Religious Freedom Awards (IRFA) held on Thursday in US lauded Abdullahi’s brave acts.
The IRFA is organised by US State Department to honor Religious freedom advocates including Abdullahi and five others.
Abdullahi was honoured alongside others from Cyprus, Sudan, Brazil, and Iraq. Although he could not make it to the main ceremony in the US his profile was read and his action applauded.
“Another awardee who could not make it tonight, but I just have to read this about him,” Brownback said during the event.