THE decision of the Kano State Government to set free the five mob members involved in the extra judicial murder of an Igbo trader, Bridget Aghahime, is potentially dangerous for the sustenance of peaceful coexistence and utterly reckless. It is also an insult to the constitution of Nigeria and the sanctity of life.
According to Premium Times, an online news medium, the “Kano Magistrate Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Bridget Agbahime in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy. The suspects which included Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi, were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief. Mrs. Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.
The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.”
By this reckless insensitivity, the Ganduje administration has wilfully abdicated its responsibility for respecting the sanctity of life of all Nigerians. It has also made our constitution look like a useless law which the Governor choices to obey according to his own political convenience. It is beyond comprehension why the Kano State Government would just terminate a premeditated murder case without compelling reasons for doing so.
Governor Ganduje took an oath to be fair and just to all Nigerians and protect their lives. Whatever may be the political advantage of rewarding murder with impunity, such advantage is stained with the blood of an innocent woman, and therefore, the perceived political gains are morally worthless. In fact, by this soulless political termination of extra judicial murder case, the Ganduje administration has won the dubious distinction for giving a licence to mobocracy!
The repercussions of this political indiscretion and insensitivity could do more harm than good to Muslims living in Southern Nigeria. If we take the liberty to kill a Christian and get away with it because we are the majority in the North, we shouldn’t forget that our fellow Muslims in the Southeast are a minority there. It means Muslims living in Christian dominated States are also put in harm’s way by Ganduje’s reckless act of enabling impunity. He has made the job Christian Governors to protect their Muslim minority populations pretty hard.
The Igbos have suffered innocently, and had their properties looted or destroyed by mobs in Muslim Northern States. To cap it all, they fall victims of extra judicial murder. In 1996, Gideon Akaluka was beheaded by Muslim mobs. These grievous cases of injustice against any ethnic group is indefensible and unacceptable. The Igbo leaders have always cautioned against retaliation for the sake of peace because one wrong doesn’t justify another.
We should not however put the sacrifices of others for unity under a strain. The duty of peaceful coexistence rests on the shoulders of all Nigerians. Killing others again and again because they are a minority and letting the perpetrators get away with it is a potential time bomb. At the risk of being called unprintable names, I condemn the wrong message sent by Governor Ganduje and he would be morally accountable for potentially risking the lives of Muslims elsewhere because of his execrable failure to protect victims of murder because they happen to be a minority his domain. Impunity is the greatest incentive to crime, and therefore, the Federal Government should take over this case for the sake of justice and reassuring all Nigerians that they are safe anywhere in the country.
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