President Muhammadu Buhari has described as sad and regrettable the killing by Muslim fundamentalists of Mrs Bridget Agbahime, an Igbo market woman in Kano.
The deceased was beheaded on Thursday by Muslim fundamentalists who alleged that she committed a blasphemy against their Prophet, Muhammad. Her head was displayed on the streets of Kano by the jubilant killers.
That incident came only days after similar killings took place in Niger State. In that case the Army said the killers accused a young man of posting something blasphemous against their revered Prophet on the Internet and were carrying out the instruction to kill.
In a statement on Saturday, three days after the Kano horror killing caused outrage in southern Nigeria, Mr. Buhari condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relations, and prayed that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano State government, which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased, and security agencies, as soon as the sad event occurred on Friday.
President Buhari said justice would be done in the matter, and urges the people not to take the law into their hands. He equally charges those who may want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order breaks down, those who become victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.
“The incident at Kofar Wambai market, Kano city, is utterly condemnable, and the state government has been quite proactive. Let us ensure that we keep the peace, as justice will be done. Let us learn to respect each other’s faith, so that we can know each other and live together in peace,” the President said.
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