I first read the case of Bridget Agbahime a few weeks ago. She was a trader in Kano killed in broad day light because she said something offensive to the God above.
Recently the five suspects arrested in June for Bridget’s murder were released by the court in Kano as the court didn’t think there is a case to be answered.
Given that many of our stories always have k-leg, it is hard to know what to believe. However, in this case, someone who happened to be christian lost her life to a group of Muslim market traders. Nigeria leaders especially the southerners agreed to Sharia Law perhaps because they thought it will only apply to the northerners, but now we have seen many instances whereby this is not the case, heaven knows how many people that have been unlawfully killed that we will never know of. Irony of this is that everyone suffers when a region is allowed to take a life based on religious laws.
Maybe, rather than blaming the Muslims up north for their religious stance, we should turn the table to the lawmakers who have failed miserably in their duty to carefully analyse laws that infringes on human rights.
Sahara Reporters‘ interview with Mr Agbahime provided clearer insights to the events leading to Mrs Agbahime death.
Reading through the interview, Mrs Agbahime has been having issues with Dauda Ahmed, a co-tenant at the market. Dauda, according to Mr Agbahime is fond of doing his pre-prayer washing (aluwala as we call it in Yoruba) in front of Bridget’s shop – who wouldn’t be upset by that? I can’t imagine someone doing that infront of my shop three times or more during the market hours without having a word with him.
Apparently, local elders and owner of the shops were involved in making sure that their dispute is resolved in a peaceful manner but all to no avail.
It was a case of words throwing between two tenants who disagreed on mannerism – one clearly has issue of respecting the other. Only God knows the exact words that Bridget said that drove Dauda off the wall.
What I found sickening in this case was that Mr Agbahime said he has lived in Kano for 45 years, and Mrs Agbahime for 34years (assuming his wife only moved to Kano after marriage). After killing Bridget, the God’s warriors went ahead to vandalised the family’s car and destroyed their two shops – what a life we live in Nigeria?
Yet, many Nigerians think Trump is their biggest problem? If a Nigerian lived in America for 45 years and has engaged in a lawful business and a good member of their community such as this family (husband is a pastor), I am fairly sure this case would have attracted more attention amongst Nigerians by now.
Both Nigeria major religions are cancer to the society, one is going to kill everyone with different opinion in the name of Allah, the other is squeezing life out of their members – their rewards is in heaven.
I do hope that one day, the constitution will be reviewed so that people can live life for moment with judiciary system being impartial when it comes to religion related crime, until then innocent people like Bridget Agbahime will continue to suffer as more God’s soldiers are on the loose with their paper-thin skin.
Condolences to the family, maybe justice will be served if enough people including the overrated leaders realise this is just unfair, nobody deserves to die in such a manner in a community she has lived in and contributed to for decades.