Following the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a Christian female student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Wamako, a Sokoto State government official has threatened that more Christians in Nigeria will be murdered if they say things considered disrespectful to their revered Prophet Muhammad.
Anas Mohammad Sani, a personal assistant to the Sokoto finance commissioner according to his Facebook bio, claimed in a now-deleted post that Ms. Samuel was brutally murdered because she was careless with her tongue.
Pro-President Muhammadu Buhari administration social media contractor, took to Facebook to comment on the Sokoto mob's killing of the Christian student.
Mr. Sani, popularly known as Uncle Anas Dakura on Facebook, insisted a Muslim mob justifiably murdered Ms. Samuel.
He warned, “Muslims don’t take insults against our beloved prophet in whatever form.”
Justifying the gruesome murder of the female Christian student, Mr. Sani said, “The earlier our Christian brothers and sisters understand this, the better for all of us." "May the recklessness of our tongues never drive us to (an) early grave.”
After intense criticism, Dakura deleted the earlier post and made another.
He said: “We can only discuss the permissibility or otherwise of mob action when we’re alive and kicking." That’s the reason Deborah is NO longer having a stake in the discussion. However, we can all steer clear of mob action if we avoid touching each other’s sensitivities. We can all live peacefully if we respect one another’s beliefs and sensitivities.
“This is neither the first nor the second time this calamity (of insulting the Holy Prophet) and the resultant (barbaric) mob action is happening. If Deborah had respected herself, she would’ve been in the examination hall by now. No one is supporting mob action because mobs can be very wrong and can wrongly label innocent libel.
“Upon landing in Sokoto yesterday in the morning, my wife, who was supposed to be at the airport to pick me up, placed a call telling me that they couldn’t reach the airport because protesters blocked the way at SSCOE." I was so nervous thinking about what kind of protest could’ve erupted in the most peaceful city.
“By the very first time I read about the blasphemy, I couldn’t believe it. I thought no one in his senses could dare insult the Holy Prophet in a city like Sokoto. The only thing I said was, “I pray they didn’t kill an innocent girl." I thought she was framed because mob action mostly leads to killing innocents.
But I was disgustedly disappointed upon listening to the voice note. By Allah, I listened to it to see if I could give her words another interpretation. But her words were so clear that no one could direct such an insult to even her father and go scot-free. I was shocked that someone from Kebbi, who teaches in Sokoto, could be this reckless.
“The fact is, if we must come together, it’ll be good for all of us to respect one another." I can never disrespect Jesus Christ. I also don’t expect you to disrespect my beloved Prophet Muhammad . That way, we can live in harmony and mutual coexistence. Otherwise, we shall continue to live with the evil of recklessness we represent.
“To the people asking for the heads of the mob, I will NOT say you’re wrong. If the law calls for their heads, so be it! However, my point is that even if all Muslims were killed in the process of protecting the image of the Holy Prophet, the very one that remains on this earth will still not tolerate any form of insult directed at the Holy Prophet.
So the best remedy is that while Muslims are being educated and sensitized about the wrong in a mob action, our Christian brothers and sisters should equally be educated and sensitized about how dear and holy our beloved Prophet is to us. They should be made to understand that Muslims can give their last drop of blood 🩸 to have the image of Muhammad protected.
“We all have just one life to live and enjoy. We can make a noise on social media and condemn the mob action using the Queen’s English. However, that cannot bring Deborah back to life. More so, if anyone repeats it tomorrow, the probability of him being served the same meal is 99.9%. That’s the fact about it. The earlier we understand this, the better for all of us.
Ms. Samuel, a 200-level Home-Economics student accused of blasphemy, had complained bitterly over the influx of religious broadcast messages shared on her department’s WhatsApp page.
In a WhatsApp voice note, the deceased reminded her coursemates that the group was created solely for academic purposes, such as sharing important information regarding tests, assignments, deadlines, examinations, and the likes.
“Holy Ghost Fire, nothing would happen to me. Is it by force that you guys keep sending these religious messages to our group? Our group wasn’t created for that, but rather as a notice for when there’s a test, assignment, examination, etc. Not these nonsense religious posts, "voiced Ms. Samuel on her department’s WhatsApp group."
The voice message elicited the fury of fanatic classmates and schoolmates who found her comment unflattering to their Islamic beliefs.
Ms. Deborah was mobbed at the school’s security post by angry students who hit her repeatedly with sticks and stones till she died.