Between May 31 and 2nd of June, five Nigerians have been hideously killed by irate Muslim youths on the grounds of “blasphemy”. We blame The Emir of Kano, Sanusi, for these incidences.
Hear us out first.
Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, a pastor’s wife, murder was widely circulated. She had asked a neighbor of hers to stop washing his feet in front of her shop
The man raised a false alarm bordering on blasphemy. A mob descended on her and clobbered her to death.
An earlier but less circulated incident happened in Niger State. In this case, a 24 year-old man, Modestus Emmanuel, was killed by irate Muslim youths for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed in an online comment.
Three other persons lost their lives in the incidence that followed.
Let’s back up a little more.
In 1995, the former Central Bank Governor and current Emir of Kano State, Lamido Sanusi, was locked up for two years by late General Sani Abacha.
Sanusi’s crime? He beheaded one Gideon Akaluka in prison for an alleged blasphemous act against the Koran. Needless to say, the allegation was later proven to be false.
When Sanusi returned from Sudan, after he earned a degree in Sharia and Islamic studies, Sanusi associated with very extreme personalities.
He was treated like an outcast in royal circles because his grandfather, was deposed as Emir of Kano. Sanusi was a disaster waiting to happen.
After Akaluka was locked up, Sanusi and eight others mobilized some extremist mob who stormed the prison and beheaded Akaluka. Sanusi was the ring leader.
Abacha identified the masterminds and mandated a hit squad to eliminate nine of them. Eight of the masterminds were assassinated.
Sanusi escaped death by the whiskers after a former First Bank chairman, and father of Christmas Day bomber, Alhaji Umar Mutallab and others pleaded for Sanusi’s life.
Sanusi was moved from Kano to Sokoto where he was locked up for two years. After his release, Sanusi was handed over to Mutallab who pushed him into banking because he (Sanusi) had a degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
From there he moved to the United Bank for Africa, and the First bank, from where he rose quietly until late President Umar Yar’Adua recruited him to head CBN and spearhead the introduction of the Islamic Bank.
These incidents didn’t begin today. We know the killers in Niger and Kano States have been arrested. But we are not surprised that the Emir of Kano State is yet to calm the tension in Kano State.
We call on Sanusi Lamido to at least verbally condemn these killings, if he has the conscience to do so.