Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has reacted to the assassination of Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, by some Muslim students who claimed she blasphemed Prophet Muhammad in a school whatsapp group.
Primate Ayodele condemned the act in a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, and described the killers as terrorists operating under the garb of religion.
The crime could not have been carried out with the endorsement of the Holy Quran, according to Primate Ayodele. Islam is a faith that promotes peace.
He said that assassinating Deborah for Prophet Muhammad’s alleged blasphemy was immoral since everyone blasphemes God in some way, but no one holds them accountable.
He stated that if the government does not act quickly to ensure that justice is served, the country will face more problems, which could lead to the collapse of many things.
He went on to say that Nigerians should be cautious in 2023 to avoid electing a religious fanatic who will plunge the country into a long-term religious crisis.
He urged the government, Christian leaders, and Muslim leaders to meet and discuss the problem, particularly in the country’s north, in order to put a stop to the threat.
“Killing a fellow human being in the name of religion is not acceptable; Christianity and Islam preach peace, and anyone who kills a fellow human being in the name of religion is a terrorist.” The government must punish such individuals.
“You executed someone for blasphemy against a prophet; we all blaspheme God in all religions, and no one holds us accountable.” Terrorists from the religious community.
I’ve never seen a Christian murder a Muslim for blasphemy against Jesus Christ; why does this dilemma have to originate in the country’s north? This is uncalled for, and a conversation is needed to prevent this threat from occurring.
“Is that religion? If the blasphemy comes from them, they kill themselves; if it comes from someone else, they still kill.” Is this the message of the Quran? This is how Boko Haram began; I’m not trying to promote religious strife, but this is very tragic; no law or religion justifies the murder of a fellow human being for such reasons.
It’s past time for us to talk; this threat must end, and the perpetrators of this heinous crime must be brought to justice immediately. It is not the answer to slaughter everyone in the name of faith. Is it possible to call this sharia law? The perpetrators were not even law enforcement officers.
“The government should not take this lightly; these are some of the issues we should think about before voting in 2023.” Let us not vote for religious zealots; Nigeria is a great country, and we should not, under any circumstances, use religion to ruin it.
Imagine this: they killed Deborah and were glad about it, as seen in the viral video; they have no conscience, and they are terrorists using religion to cover up their crimes. Religion is a part of Nigeria’s problems, and it must be handled or the country would implode.
“If the government does not ensure that justice is served, especially in this case, there will be a lot of tension in the country; I anticipate retaliation that will force folks to flee for their lives.” For the sake of peace, I advise the Nigerian government and the government of Sokoto to prosecute the perpetrators.
“I pray that God gives Deborah Samuel’s family the strength to face this great loss. May her lovely soul rest in peace, Amen,” he said.