An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has condemned the killers of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad.
The 200-level Home Economics student last Thursday, who reportedly expressed displeasure with posting religious materials on the school WhatsApp group by some of her mates, was stoned to death and burnt by same school mates for alleged blasphemy.
Speaking during a religious programme in his Juma’at mosque in Kaduna, he said Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) never killed anyone despite insults by non-Muslims.
He said: “The best way Muslims can prove their love for the Prophet is adherence to his words.
“I think we all should know that being a secular state, Nigeria is not governed by religious law.
“Anyone who kills a non-Muslim, who they have agreed to live peacefully with, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise for 40 years.
“Islam doesn’t allow anyone to take laws into their hands. So, we warn Islamic leaders against instigating their followers.
“If we think by killing Deborah, people who are not of the same faith with us will stop insulting our prophet, then we are in delusion.”