- Professor Wole Soyinka has called for the immediate dismissal of the chief imam of the National Mosque of Abuja, Professor Ibrahim Maqari Yakub
- Professor Yakub had justified this assassination by Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy by her colleagues at the College of Education, Sokoto Actions in the country
FCT, Abuja – Nobel Prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called for the dismissal of the Imam of the National Mosque of Abuja, Professor Ibrahim Maqari.
Soyinka responded to Maqari’s justification of the murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a 200-year-old student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.
Soyinka accused the Islamic cleric of directing his followers to take the law into their own hands in the name of the religion.
He made the remark in Abuja on Saturday, April 21. May during the year-long commemoration of the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General. Ibrahim Attahiru and the publication of Attahiru’s biography, written by an author, Niran Adedokun.
Punch newspaper quoted the Nobel laureate as saying:
“The apostate from the creed of humanity, Professor Maqari, must be removed from office.
“It is no longer enough for everyone to declaim that Islam is this and that, that Sharia is so and so is, that Prophet Mohammed set this example and that and made this humanistic utterance and that.
“We have gone beyond theocratic rhetoric that pays lip service to civilized norms. Let all pietistic denunciations be backed up with affirmative action.”
The playwright noted that the Islamic cleric had done nothing but encourage his followers to kill anyone who found the blasphemes Prophet Muhammad.
“Professor Maqari, however, along with a handful of others, including recently police officers on duty, insists that no remorse involves torture and lynching of a young student on this earth.
“Maqari has implicitly instructed his followers to take the law into their own hands in the name of religion and innovation. This is a message from a supposedly holy man to a nation caught up in his multiple incident madness.”
How Professor Maqari justified the killing of Deborah via social media
“So should be it Everyone knows that we Muslims have some red lines that must not be crossed. The dignity of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is in the foreground of the red lines.
“If our grievances are not adequately addressed, we should not be criticized for raising them ourselves.”
Bishop Kukah commends Governor Tambuwal for imposing curfew in Sokoto
< p class="align-left">Recall that the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Reverend Matthew Kukah, thanked Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for his immediate declaration of a 24-hour curfew to calm the violent attacks in the State commended.
The protesters had earlier attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral on Bello Road and the St Kevin Gidan Dere Catholic Church, showing windows and one parked on the premises Municipal bus destroyed.
Governor Tambuwal quickly intervened in the Sokoto crisis to prevent further property destruction.