A 24-hour curfew has been ordered in Sokoto, Nigeria, after protesters marched into the streets demanding the release of two suspects in the murder of a Christian student last week. BBC.
Deborah Samuel was beaten and burned on Thursday by Muslim students accused of posting blasphemous statements about Islam in a WhatsApp group. His deaths have been widely condemned by Muslims and Christians across Nigeria.
On Saturday, protesters burned tires and police used tear gas. Some of the protesters besieged the palace of Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, the highest spiritual figure in Nigeria’s Muslims.
The sultan condemned the murder at Shehu Shagari Education College and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
Announcing the curfew, the governor of Sokoto called on protesters to go home for peace. ”Religious tensions and deadly clashes are not uncommon, especially in the north, where some states have passed strict sharia laws, including blasphemy death sentences.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and the majority of those living in the predominantly Muslim northern and largely Christian southern parts of the country are deeply religious.
In Islam, blasphemy involves the mockery or contempt of religion and the denial of any fundamental faith in the religion. President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the assassination of Ms. Samuel and said an impartial investigation should be launched.