Editorial

Enough of killings in the name of religion

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The killing of Madam Eunice Elisha of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja while preaching around the Gbazango-West area of Kubwa has again brought to the front burner the alarming rate of political killings in Nigeria.

Also in June 2016, a woman simply known as Bridget was also murdered in Kano for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammed.

It is disheartening to note that in the spate of three weeks, two Nigerians were murdered in cold blood while another escaped with various degrees of injuries over religious issues.

In view of these killings, the incessant killings in Nigeria as a result of religious  intolerance has reached an alarming rate which calls for urgent attention.

Eventhough, it is believed that Allah did not support such killings but the perpetrators claim that Allah is their source of motivation.

Religion that is supposed to be a source of hope and peace for the people,  has now turned to instrument of human destruction.

The Christians especially those in the Northern part of the country live in fear as they are at the mercy of radical Muslims. The peace that once reigned among them has been destroyed by fear of being killed by fellow Nigerians.

The Nigerian  NewsDirect is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari  to ensure that those behind these barbaric acts are brought to book and that any body that kills should not be allowed  to go scot-free.

It is no gain saying the fact that unabated religious intolerance that has resulted in killings has developed a divisive spirit in the hearts of the different ethnic groups in the country.

  The country experiences an episode whereby Northern people,  particularly Moslems loaded themselves in thousands in trailers and lorries leaving the Eastern part of the country to their home town in the north because of the fear of the outbreak of interreligious war due to killings in the north this act should send a warning to the government that there is a crack sign on the Nigerian wall of unity.

A way of proferring solution is for the government to evolve an holistic mechanism that can be used to get to the root of the killings and exposing those behind them and thereafter taking an appropriate action as laid down in the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Except this is done, Nigeria may experience religious war soon because some sections of the country believe  that there is conspiracy to kill non-Muslims thereby, instituting a Nigerian state that will be governed by Sharia laws.

Also, the agitation for grazing land for Fulani herdsmen all over the federation, has been seen by some critical minds as a means of bringing to pass the alleged plan of Islamizing the country therefore, to stop this notion, there is need for government to nip religious killing in the bud before it escalates into a whirlwind that will blow no one any good.

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