Sheikh Bello Yabo, an Islamic cleric, has encouraged residents of Sokoto State to kill one Isma’ila Sani Isah, who is currently in police custody for allegedly making a derogatory comment on his social media profile about Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Isah allegedly made the remarks after failing to acquire a local government job and expressing his dissatisfaction with the Islamic religion.
He is now being held at the Sokoto State Police Command’s Criminal Investigation Department.
In a viral video, Yabo claims that if the police release Isah, he must be killed.
A Muslim who blasphemes, according to the preacher, “must be killed”
He said, “Someone insulted the Apostle of Allah in Sokoto. He wrote on Facebook and made a lot of statements that are very unpleasant to the Prophet of Mercy; inside Sokoto. And I said he has made a grave mistake. It is not in Sokoto that this level of stupidity is done. We just kill. For us, as far as it concerns the Apostle of Allah, ours is to kill. This is not Kano. People of Kano are business people.
“That is why someone would refer to the Apostle of Allah gay and they waste time debating; they refer to the Apostle of Allah as an adulterer and they waste time debating. Here, we just kill. Whoever touches the Apostle of Allah, our responsibility to him is to kill,” he said in Hausa.
The cleric added, “May God bless you Sokoto citizens of Shehu (The Sheikh). Whoever follows Facebook and other social media and sees the way you came out en masse and went to the Palace of the Sultan, shows that the People of Sokoto are standing on the precepts laid down for them by Usman Dan Fodio. Therefore, may Allah bless you.
“The very moment he is released, kill him. The issue of him being insane is irrelevant. If he was insane, does he have no one to blaspheme against apart from the Apostle of Allah? We are also insane because they have touched the Prophet. So, he is insane, we too are insane. The moment he is released, kill him. Not just him alone, whoever touches the Apostle of Allah, kill him. He has no other judgment; even if it’s Bello Yabo (himself) that touches the Apostle of Allah has no judgment other than being killed.”