God’s soldiers on the loose

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.

14 thoughts on “God’s soldiers on the loose

  1. Reblogged this on emotanafricana.com and commented:
    THIS – inequality in every sphere of life – is Nigeria TODAY.

    A woman trader is murdered in broad daylight in her stall witnessed by her husband and others. Reason for her murder: she was a Christian whom a Moslem trader near her stall had harassed for a while, and for daring to ask the Moslem to refrain from the harassment, she was killed.

    Read this essay of how the case was handled under the Nigerian “justice” system. TOLA.

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    1. Haha, thanks Yas. I don’t find that hard to believe at all. I have observed for a while that Muslims are the most united religious group in Nigeria, they don’t bulge in their positions at all no matter the negative effect on larger society and rarely will Christian leaders take any demands seriously as they are preoccupied with getting government loans for their ventures.

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  2. It appears Sharia Law is above the constitution. That being the case, we are definitely in a bind. How can there be no case to answer? I have a suspicion if this was presided over by Muslims in the West, their findings would be different.
    How to make the constitution supreme, and curb the tendencies of those who think it is fine to murder someone under the guise of religion? Is the million dollar question. To do this will involve self-sacrifice and I don’t think anyone in Nigeria is interested in that for this cause. There will be no reward in the after life for that.
    The alternative is:
    – to continue in an unhealthy and undesirable coexistence,
    – or find a solution
    – or split.
    All of which involve pain, the least painful option would be to find a solution, but that is the least popular. Splitting would be the worst, as this will only magnify problems of mutual destruction in the medium and long term. To continue as we are now, is simply unhealthy and does no one any good. I could be totally wrong on this, let me know FK.

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    1. Thanks jco for the input. Yes, I believe the influence of Sharia Law in parts of Nigeria is grossly underestimated.

      “I have a suspicion if this was presided over by Muslims in the West, their findings would be different.” – you think so? I am not so sure about this as I believe this mess in the country smears on everyone, people just don’t want to see that way. Having said that though, I think this particular incidence should be a federal crime case and a golden opportunity to take a better look at Sharia Law.

      I think eventually Nigerians will have to push back in a way that will shake the ‘roots’ for any meaningful change to occur, this is if we are to stay together, it will happen when enough people realise tomorrow is very unlikely to be different from yesterday and today.


      1. Thank you FK.
        You’re right, it is by no means guaranteed that Muslims in the West would come to a different conclusion.
        From what I can see, Nigerians (the most vocal ones and the agitators) are all for the most destructive option ie division. It is hard to see people of varying religions rolling back the powers of the religious establishment. I’ve yet to see such common sense be so widespread in that country.

        Division will lead to many mini-states, each armed to the teeth with their weapons pointed at one another. Those who are too poor and wretched to exist will take the easy way out and opt for war to end their misery and damn the rest. Let us hope it doesn’t come to that.

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  3. This is a touchy subject, Fola, but it is so important. We separated the church from state long ago because it just didn’t work and in this case it isn’t working either. Murder is murder and there should be no way around it.

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