The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Northern chapter has condemned the killing of a 74-year old Igbo market woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, accused of blaspheming Prophet Mohammed by irate mobs in Kano State.
The body noted that the killing of Christians using flimsy excuses was barbaric ,unacceptable and
must henceforth stop.
They urged Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi to call their people to order.
The Christian body wondered why such gruesome and barbaric incident always feature in Kano, a foremost commercial city in the country.
Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of Northern CAN, Reverend John Hayab, told newsmen in Kaduna last Saturday that information made available to CAN indicated that the late Mrs Agbahime was deliberately killed.
Besides, he said, the late woman was over 70 years and not 45 as widely reported, wondering how children of the deceased would forever live with such barbaric act meted out to their mother.
The CAN spokesman, therefore, called on the state government to, apart from arresting the key suspect, fish out other perpetrators and prosecute them in accordance with the laws of the country.
The religious body also called on Islamic leaders to take a queue from christians in terms of imbibing in their followers the spirit of tolerance of and respect for other faith .
The Northern CAN, also called on the police to at all times, carry out their constitutonal role of safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerians without fear or favour.
The CAN’s spokesman said: “We got it on good authority that the slain woman never blasphemed the Prophet Mohammed,rather, the mastermind of the killing, was fond of always provoking the deceased.
For example we learnt on good account that on that fateful day, the said man was doing ablution in front of the woman’s shop and he was cautioned.
That was all ,but the man was said to have subsequently raised the alarm that she blasphemed Prophet Mohammed.”
The cleric added: “The man deliberately provoked the woman in question just to carry out that gruesome and barbaric acts.
“The state government must go further than mere arrest of the culprit and the Emir of Kano and all well- meaning citizens of Kano must come out and condemn this dastardly act “, he stated.