By Sulaiman Maijama’a
Suppose there is anything more flabbergasted, more blasphemous than what Abduljabbar Kabara had committed against our noble prophet (SAW). In that case, it is the report published by Sahara Reporters comparing the “Hijrah” of our most respected prophet to the evacuation of this Yoruba secessionist leader, whom I will not dignify by calling his name. Though attributed to Afenifere (Yoruba socio-cultural organisation), truth be told, Sahara Reporters is just disguising under the group to have unleashed their long-buried malice against Islam, which they are known for.
The contentious report pricked the sensitivity and sensibility of every Muslim faithful. If a fervent believer of Islam were to be given a choice between an assault on their prophet and assault on their parents, they would, before a blink of an eye, opt for the latter because of the enormity of love we have for him.
Don’t be deceived by the fact that the media outlet removed the report, owing to the heavy pressure put on them. Taking it down alone is not enough to comfort Muslim Ummah to spare them. Suppose Abduljabbar, one of the leading Islamic clerics from the North, could be dragged to prison by the same Muslim Northers for blasphemy and sacrilege against the prophet. How, then, could any group that has people with a proper cognitive ability not take stock of their utterances? I assumed if the Abdujabbar saga did not symbolise the deep reverence Muslim Ummah have for the prophet, nothing could do.
Afenifere instead of this your illogical comparison, since Nnamdi Kanu, another secessionist group leader, was recently apprehended from a foreign street and arraigned in a courtroom and later remanded just like how Sunday Igboho was arrested in Benin City, charged and jailed, it would have made sense if you had compared Igboho and Kanu, since they are like cousins, having the same mission of tearing Nigeria apart. Moreover, both have foreign passports; if things get out of hand, they can flee the country, leaving innocent people in a disastrous situation just like they did now.
But since you have misused simile, I still find it difficult to relate the point of comparison. The most acceptable annals of history in the world attest to the fact that prophet Muhammad (SAW) brought peace and harmony among the adherents of different religions. He is the most tolerant and Noble person ever lived on earth who preached to his companions to jettison racial prejudice. So is Sunday preaching unity or disunity?
Afenifere, in your statement, you made it clear that “there is nothing wrong with Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, seeking asylum in another country where his safety can be guaranteed.”
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) left Makkah mainly because he was denied “right to religion”, and when departing Makkah for Madinah, he went along with all his companions. This indicates the concern he had for his people, meaning the safety of his people is of equal importance as his safety. It also signifies the mission was out of honesty. Why Sunday fled Nigeria alone? If his security can be guaranteed in another country, what is the fate of the people he left in Nigeria, whom he used and who are at the forefront of the clamour for a sovereign nation?
Maijama’a writes from the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano. He can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org.