Barely a week after 74-year old Bridget Agbahime was murdered in Kano for alleged blasphemy, a carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel, was attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis by some Muslim boys for not fasting.
The incident which almost claimed the life of 41 year old Emmanuel happened at Sokoto Road, Kakuri on Tuesday at about 2:30pm and was rushed to the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri for medical treatment.
Emmanuel was badly injured during the incident, sustaining deep machete cuts on various parts of his body.
Speaking to journalists on his hospital bed, the carpenter said,
“It happened around 2:30pm at Sokoto Road, Kakuri, on Tuesday, when I went to the market to buy wood to do some work. So, when I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came to ask me if I am a Muslim or a Christian, but I did not answer them.
They asked why I was not fasting, then, 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.”
When asked if he can identify them, he said, “I don’t know them.
“Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of knives the boys were carrying. They used cutlasses scissors and knives, I became unconscious, I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” he added.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai however paid him a visit on his hospital bed today, with a directive that police must fish out the perpetrators for prosecution.