Muslim Youths Stab Non-Muslim In Kaduna For Eating During Fasting
Barely a week after the gruesome murder of an Igbo woman by Muslim youths in Kano state over alleged “blasphemy,” a similar incident has occurred in Kaduna city, as Muslim youths stabbed to coma, one Francis Emmanuel Francis, 41 (a non-Muslim) professional carpenter in Kakuri, in Kaduna South Local Government of the state, for eating food during Islamic fasting period.
Eyewitness said the ugly incident, which reared its ugly head Tuesday almost led to bloodshed if not for the prompt intervention of Governor El-Rufai, who averted the alleged planned reprisal attack by non-Muslims in the area Wednesday.
Conscience Triumph learnt that there was confusion in the area, which rose tensions to the peak when news of the attack of the 41-year-old carpenter, filtered to his likes within the community. The attack, which happened on Tuesday, almost led to loss of Emmanuel’s right hand and eye, simply because he was not seen to observe the Ramadan fast.
The attack came less than three days after Archbishop or Kaduna, His Grace Matthew Manoso Ndagoso, had held a breakfast parley with Muslim leaders in Sabon Tasha premises of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on peace.
An eyewitness account had it that the carpenter courted trouble for himself when
he was spotted by some Muslim boys in Sokoto Road area of Kakuri, at about 2.30pm, eating when others were supposed to be observing the fasting. This drew the ire of the youths, who started beating him.
According to the eyewitness, Emmanuel was given the beating of his life and subsequently rushed to the St. Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, where he is currently receiving medical treatment. He was inflicted with deep machete cuts on his head and other parts of his body during the incident.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists from his hospital bed, Emmanuel, an Idoma from Efugo, in Ogbadibo Local Government area of Benue state, said he was taking his lunch when the boys, numbering about six, descended on him on the grounds that he was not fasting.
He said, “I went to buy wood to do some work. When I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came and asked me whether I was a Muslim or a Christian. I did not answer them. They asked me why I was not fasting. I told them that I am not a Muslim.
“Before I know it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives. I didn’t know them. Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of dangerous knives they were carrying. They used cutlasses, scissors and knives. I became unconscious; I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital.”