Nigeria’s Buhari condemns mob killing of Christian woman

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, pictured on May 14, 2016, called the killing of a 74-year-old ethnic Igbo trader “utterly condemnable” and vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to justice (AFP Photo/Stephane De Sakutin)

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday strongly condemned the mob killing of a Christian woman trader in the country’s Muslim-dominated north and pleaded for more religious tolerance.

Bridget Abahime, 74, an ethnic Igbo trader and wife of a pastor, was “mobbed and extra-judicially murdered” on Thursday at a market in Kano, Nigeria’s largest northern city, police said.

Two key suspects have been arrested, according to Nigeria’s police chief Solomon Arase.

Buhari in a statement called the killing “utterly condemnable”.

He vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to justice and urged people not to take matters into their own hands.

“Let us ensure that we keep the peace, as justice will be done,” he said.

“Let us learn to respect each other’s faith, so that we can know each other and live together in peace.”

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and prominent community and religious leaders on Friday held a meeting over the incident and issued a joint statement condemning the killing.

Kano city has been blighted by religious violence in the past.

In one notorious case in 1996 an Igbo Christian trader, Gideon Akaluka, was beheaded by suspected Muslims youths who accused him of desecrating the Koran. His severed head was then hoisted on a spike and paraded around the city.

2 thoughts on “Nigeria’s Buhari condemns mob killing of Christian woman

  1. Can we say that all the all christians in nigeria are from igbo land why do muslims use religions to be killing igbo or is it because of first war that is between the igbos and hausa that makes muslims hate igbos to the extent that they are using religions to persecutes christian igbos federal capital should do something about it

  2. Thanks for your comment Anonymous!

    They want to either convert or kill, it’s happening all over the world not only in Nigeria. It’s this hateful Islamic ideology that is attempting to take over the world. And I agree, something should be done about it! However, as bad as it is, more Muslims are accepting Christ because of it.

    God bless!

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