Blasphemy: No one is secure if they can kill fellow Muslims – HURIWA laments, blames Osinbajo, others

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HURIWA, the Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, has cautioned that if Muslims can accuse one of their own of blasphemy, lynch him, and burn him on fire in broad daylight, no one is safe.

The organization further stated that none of this occurred due to any police intervention, implying that Nigerian policing had completely crumbled.

According to HURIWA, the Nigeria Police Force’s response time to violent situations is unpredictable due to a lack of professionalism and leadership.

This comes after a horrible incident in which Ahmad Usman, a 30-year-old member of a local vigilante group, was assassinated in the Federal Capital Territory’s (FCT) of Abuja on Saturday for allegedly insulting Islam. HURIWA went on to say that the killing was “basic.”

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The event at the Federal Housing Estates in Lugbe, Abuja, is the second in recent months in which Islamic extremists have slain people framed for blasphemy or accused of blasphemy in Abuja, according to HURIWA.

According to the report, these heinous acts demonstrate that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is tolerant of Islamic extremism because it lacks the resources and political will to act decisively to apprehend those who killed many Nigerians on similar fabricated charges by mobs, and the killers were allowed to roam free.

According to HURIWA, the Federal Government has a terrible propensity of cohabiting with mass murders, terrorists, and kidnappers under the current administration.

According to the report, there have been an overwhelming number of killings committed under the noses of Buhari’s administration in the last seven years that have gone uninvestigated, and no known actions have been taken to bring the killers to justice, such as sending them to be executed by firing squad.

Mrs. Eunice Elisha, a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, was hacked to death by suspected Muslim fanatics while giving an early morning preaching in the Gbazango neighborhood of Kubwa, Abuja, in the first of two assassinations by Islamic extremists in Abuja, according to HURIWA.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN) were also blamed by the organization for failing to regularly speak out and take a moral stance in the fight for justice for Christians slain in a systematic manner by Islamists. It was said that Christian leaders merely issued flimsy pronouncements full of immaturity and hysteria, and that after that first grandstanding, Christian leaders simply went to sleep, while Christian deaths continued unabated.

The incident, CAN stated in its first public response, was “yet another religious, hatred-motivated brutal murder” that was becoming more common under the Muhammadu Buhari regime.

“Discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria under the Buhari Administration is taking on a hazardous dimension that should not be left to the whims of time and circumstance to address,” the group cautioned.

HURIWA also chastised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, for failing to act in the first case of the gruesome murder of Mrs. Elisha, a female preacher from his church.

The fact that the latest victim of Islamist murders was a Moslem is irrelevant, according to the rights group, because it demonstrates that the Federal Government, under Buhari, is complicit in all religiously motivated hate crimes by failing to take administrative, security, or operational measures to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

Despite the fact that the victim of the latest insane mob action in Abuja was a Moslem like his killers, HURIWA believes that anyone can be framed and publicly executed, and that the Nigerian police can only arrive after the deed has been completed and the killers have dispersed of their own volition.

HURIWA recalled that the most recent avoidable incident, which occurred at the Lugbe timber market section of the Fruit Market in Federal Housing Estates in Lugbe Abuja, involved a Moslem, but that the person killed was a Nigerian citizen with all of his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights, and that the government failed in its legal obligation to protect the citizen.

It also criticized the police for failing to act quickly to prevent the crime rather than waiting for the armed Islamists to act by murdering the civilian before inciting a rush as police fired rounds to disperse the crowd.

“Nigeria police have no expertise in responding quickly to crises and incidences of crime,” HURIWA noted, “but they sometimes arrive hours after the incidents and begin harassing witnesses who may be completely innocent.” This policing strategy of responding to crimes after they have occurred demonstrates the collapse of policing in Nigeria, which necessitates immediate action to revive, reform, and restructure policing institutions in Nigeria, including the Department of State Services, because because the government is deliberately sluggish, anyone can become a victim tomorrow.”

“It’s appalling that the police did nothing and allowed the mob action to happen at 1 p.m. on Saturday after Usman took safety in the market vigilante office. According to the findings, the local security force was overwhelmed before Usman was slain in front of the office and his body set burned. Despite the fact that the police were not physically there to prevent this, the cops were reeling out the amusing statistic that the crowd numbered more than 200 persons. Is the Nigeria Police Force now a unit of the National Population Commission, to the point where they abandoned their law enforcement and crime prevention duties to conduct a head count of the killers of the blasphemy execution victim in Abuja over the weekend, and ended up not arresting a single one of the 200 people counted? If he (Usman) got discovered buying groceries at the afternoon market. There were just a few individuals there when the blasphemy occurred, and a stick was used to beat him in the head; why did the police not respond much sooner and earlier in the morning, or do the police lack intelligence collecting skills? He was stoned just after that, and then he dashed inside the office. Due to the large number of people chasing him, his coworkers were unable to protect him, and after he became unconscious, petrol was poured on him and he was burned in front of the office, and only then did people witness the arrival of policemen after the heinous crime had been committed, and the Federal Government will not sanction the police chief in the FCT for dereliction of duty because the current government appears to be pro-Islamic extremists.”

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HURIWA reported that on May 12, a mob in Sokoto gruesomely murdered Deborah Samuel, a female student at Shagari College of Education, and set her body fire after accusing her of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammed in a message on the school’s Whatsapp group, with the perpetrators still at large.

The rights group demanded that the President take steps to ensure that the perpetrators of this and other crimes of a mass execution by Islamists are apprehended, prosecuted, and punished, just as the FCT’s police claim that normalcy has been restored following the brutal murder of a citizen in Lugbe was dismissed. Normalcy can only be restored when the killers are identified, tried, and potentially sentenced to death for their crimes against humanity, and when the police become professional and respond quickly to crime situations, according to the report.

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