Fear, Anger, And Condemnation Trail Rising Islamic Mob's Killings Over Blasphemy
Chikezie Omeje, August 23, 2016
The latest killing of eight persons in Zamfara State yesterday over an alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad has elicited fear, anger, and condemnation from Nigerians on the rising cases of Islamic mob’s killing.
According to reports, a student of the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Prophet Muhammad and was consequently attacked by a mob.
A man, who was identified as Tajudeen, drove the student who was beaten to a pulp by the mob to the hospital.
The action of the “Good Samaritan” enraged the mob that they moved to Tajudeen’s house and set it on fire. Eight persons were burnt to death in the house.
Last month, July 9, a 42-year-old mother of seven children and Christian preacher, Mrs. Eunice Olawale was murdered by alleged Islamic fanatics for preaching near a mosque during her early morning evangelism in Kubwa, Abuja.
On June 2, a 74-year-old Igbo trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme was killed by an Islamic mob for alleged blasphemy at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano after asking a man not to perform ablution in front of her shop.
Barely a week after Agbaheme was murdered, Muslim youths stabbed a 41-year-old Christian carpenter, Francis Emmanuel for eating during the Ramadan fast in Kaduna State.
In May, a 24-year-old trader, Methodus Emmanuel, in Padongari, Niger was killed by an Islamic mob over allegations of blasphemy. Three other persons, including personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, also lost their lives. Churches, houses, and shops were burnt while 25 other shops were looted following the violence.
On July 15, a group of Muslim youths attacked St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, very close to Zuma Rock in Niger State for worshiping on Friday, which according to the attackers, Friday was for Muslims and Christians should not worship on that day. They destroyed windows, alter, musical instruments, and chapel in the church.
Many Nigerians have expressed anger and condemnation on the rising Islamic mob’s killing over blasphemy in the face of Boko Haram terrorism.
Read some of the tweets on mob’s killing over an alleged blasphemy below.