NASFAT condemns Sokoto killing, calls for justice
By Rahman Adetiloye
One of Nigeria’s biggest Muslim organisations in Yorubaland, NASFAT has condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel
The Chuef Missioner of the extensive Muslim group, Abdul-Azeez Onike who leads Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih (NASFAT), urged law enforcement agents to arrest those linked with the killing.
In a statement on Friday made available to Irohinoodua Onike said the killing of Ms Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Wamako, Sokoto has no place in Islam.
Ms Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College Education, Sokoto was murdered and her body set ablaze by extremists.
She was accused of making blasphemous statements against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
Onike said “I urge the law enforcement agents to do a thorough investigation, arrest all culprits and speedily bring justice to bear,” Mr Onike said, adding that “extra-judicial punishment is alien to Islam and unacceptable in Islam”.
The NASFAT chief counselled against reprisal attack.
He urged critics not to equate the babaric conducts of the few with the philosophy of Islam regretting that jungle justice was “fast becoming rampant in our country”.
He said: “To understand the anathema of the sad incident of extra-judicial punishment meted out to a lady in Sokoto recently, which resulted in her death, let us look at the following narration which depicts and represents the expected reaction of any follower of our Noble Prophet Muhammad (saws):
“Anas Malik reported: While we were in the mosque with Allah’s Messenger, a desert Arab came and stood up and began to urinate in the Mosque.