Abuja’s Chief Imam Maqari must be removed and prosecuted for justifying the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel – Soyinka

Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has demanded that the country’s Islamic authorities sack Professor Ibrahim Maqari, the deputy chief imam of the Abuja National Mosque, for supporting the lynching of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a Christian student from Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, by her colleagues.

Soyinka said on Saturday that Maqari should “be tried under all existing laws that come close to hateful rhetoric, incitement to murder and abuse of power.”



About a week ago, Maqari tweeted: “Everyone should know that we Muslims have red lines beyond which MUST NOT be crossed. The dignity of the Prophet (PBUH) is in the foreground of the red lines.

“If our grievances are not properly addressed, then we should not be criticized for handling them ourselves.”

The Nobel laureate noted that while the Sokoto Sultanate condemned the act, Maqari “implicitly ordered his followers to take justice into their own hands in the name of religion, and in a nation beset on all sides by wars of ultra-nationalism.”

Soyinka declared them in his speech, titled “In Times of Crisis: Civilian and Soldier”, which was delivered in Abuja at the launch of a commemorative publication on the late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the former head of state. -army major who died in 2021. in a plane crash.

Soyinka said, “No one will deny that we all have a duty to the living, but some are inclined to think that such a duty ends with the living. Well, in my school of reflecting and witnessing to history, that duty extends to death and beyond. This assertion is based, not on mere sentiment, not on an attachment to morbidity or unresolved grief, but on commonplace self-interest. For example, if, having failed to save Akaluka, having failed to save Oluwatosin, setting aside hundreds, if not thousands, of others, we had openly, justly and rigorously ensured justice for the crime who ended their existence, we would not today apologize to the late victim of such religiously inspired barbarism – Mrs. Deborah Samuel.

“Of course, we are not all on the same ground of sensitivities – absolutely not! And this was demonstrated most vividly by the very nature of the responses that were demanded after the nation’s recent exercise in human sacrifice. The nation’s president, traditional leaders – among them the Sultan of Sokoto who also serves as the emir of Nigerian Muslims, women’s organisations, labor unions and professionals from all walks of life, young and old, have raised their voices. with overtones of apology and condemnation. However, a glorified cleric, no less than the Grand Vizier of the iconic mosque in the national capital, Abuja, inserted a dissenting voice.

“The young woman, Deborah, he said, deserved her death. This mullah, supposedly a scholar, since his name is captioned professor, says that there is a line, a red line that none of us should cross, no matter who we are, what we think, profess or value. Like the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, this mere mortal declared himself to be supreme with power of life and death over all the inhabitants of the world. His appeal is unambiguous. Professor Ibrahim Maqari has put his myrmidons of faith on alert, ready to emulate the example of those deadly mutants of fanatical indoctrination.

“Professor Imam Ibrahim Maqari however insists, along with a handful of others, including a policeman on vocal duty just recently, that there is no remorse attached to the torture and lynching of a young student on this earth. that we all share. To anyone who will listen, Maqari has implicitly ordered his followers to take justice into their own hands in the name of religion, and in a nation beset on all sides by wars of ultra-nationalism and This is a so-called holy man’s message to young people, to us, his message to a nation mired in a madness of multiple insurgencies.

“If Professor Grand Imam Maqari can draw a line in blood, the rest of the equal rights community must proceed with his, but they will do so in a less primitive and bloodthirsty fashion, with full respect for human dignity.

“This apostate from the creed of humanity, Professor Maqari, must be removed from office. It is no longer enough for everyone to declaim that Islam is this and that, that Sharia is so and so, that the Prophet Muhammad gave such and such an example and made such and such a humanist declaration. We have moved beyond theocratic rhetoric that merely pretends to uphold civilized norms. May all pietistic denunciations be backed by affirmative action.

“The Grand Seer Mosque in Abuja should be removed from office. He should be tried under all existing laws that approximate hateful rhetoric, incitement to murder and abuse of power.

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