Embattled Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has faulted the killing of a female Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, over blasphemous statement.
He equally tackled those of the school of thought that killing is the punishment for blasphemy, saying Prophet Muhammad never killed for blasphemy during his time despite insults from his critics.
“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,” PRNigeria quoted him as saying.
While condemning the resort to extra-judicial killings, Gumi reiterated that Nigeria is a secular state and religious law cannot be used in countries like Nigeria.
“Hence, anyone who kills a non-Muslim who they have agreed to live peacefully with, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise for 40 years,” he was also quoted as saying by PRNigeria.
Quest Times understands that the murder of the 200 level student has stirred a lots of reactions from many Nigerians who have since taken to social media to condemn the gory act.