The Nigerian Humanist Affiliation has condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Residence Economics scholar of the Shehu Shagari School of Schooling in Sokoto State.
SaharaReporters had reported how the feminine scholar was burnt to dying by her colleagues for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

In the meantime, the grotesque homicide of the younger woman has been linked to a voice vote the deceased despatched to her class WhatsApp group.
Reacting in an announcement, the Humanist Affiliation urged the Nigerian authorities to assessment the observe of Islam in northern Nigeria, citing related instances of homicide prior to now.
The group, in an announcement by Leo Igwe, a human rights activist, stated Deborah’s dying couldn’t be alienated from excessive spiritual practices by Muslims within the Northern area.
The assertion reads, “Humanists are outraged by the grotesque homicide of a feminine school scholar in Sokoto in Northern Nigeria. Such a horrific act is a sordid reminder of the specter of Islamic extremism in Nigeria.
“Because the case of this Christian girl has proven, these bloodletters are often motivated by their spiritual perception within the prophet of Islam; Islamic teachings and orientations, and by their quest to placate Allah and inherit the paradise within the hereafter.
“So if Nigeria needs to finish these horrific assaults and killings, it ought to take a essential take a look at how Islam is professed and practised in Northern Nigeria. Nigeria wants to find out if Islam is a faith or a dying cult; if Muslims function inside the regulation or above the regulation and if Islamic privilege is a state coverage. Look, Islam has a historical past of violence and bloodletting that persists.
“The federal government should admit that jihadist Islam is entrenched and pervasive. Boko Haram militants are usually not solely within the Sambisa forest. Islamic extremists exist and function in a number of mosques, courts, police, and military stations. Boko Haram jihadists and their sympathisers are usually not a small minority as some individuals declare. They populate authorities homes, colleges, faculties, and universities.
“So it’s excessive time Nigeria confronted this huge elephant within the room; that’s Islamic extremism. Muslim leaders ought to cease residing in denial; they need to cease pretending that jihadist Islam will not be an enormous drawback.
“Muslim leaders ought to cease deceiving the world and saying that blasphemy killings and assaults don’t have anything to do with faith, on this case, Islam. No, these killings have every little thing to do with Islam as practised in Northern Nigeria. And the way in which Islam is preached and practised in Northern Nigeria should change.
“The federal government should tackle this poisonous tendency and behavior that makes Muslims worth their spiritual and prophetic icons greater than human lives. Nigeria should sort out this savage and dreadful inclination of Muslims to kill, assault or maim others on the slightest provocation.
“Nigerian authorities ought to monitor the actions of Muslim clerics as a result of these spiritual actors use their preaching and Quranic indoctrination applications to radicalize younger Muslims and switch them into retailers of hate, violence, dying, and destruction.
“The federal government ought to defend the rights of those that criticise the teachings and traditions of Islam and its prophet as a result of it’s by means of a essential examination of Islamic doctrines and practices that these extremist concepts and tendencies could possibly be uncovered and expunged.
“Nigeria ought to take measures to finish impunity and be certain that those that bask in blasphemy-related assaults or killings are dropped at e book. Those that perform these barbaric acts mustn’t go scot-free.
“They’re murders and criminals and must be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed to function a deterrent to others. Often, when Muslims assault or kill for blasphemy, no arrest is made, in instances the place arrests are made, no person is prosecuted; and in conditions the place some are charged to courtroom, they’re later acquitted.
“This tradition of impunity should finish if Nigeria should make progress on this twenty first century. There must be severe penalties for blasphemy-related assaults.
“The Nigerian authorities ought to repeal blasphemy legal guidelines as a result of so long as there are provisions that criminalise insults on faith, freedom of faith or perception and freedom of expression is not going to be assured and these savage assaults within the title of Allah or Prophet Muhammad will proceed.”

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