Katsina State, Nigeria, is experiencing heightened tensions following a social media post deemed offensive by Muslim residents. The post, written in Hausa by Mani Abubakar, a Christian indigene, reportedly criticized Islam and Prophet Muhammad, calling them “false” and accusing Islamic figures of plagiarizing the Bible. This sparked outrage among some residents, leading to the destruction of Abubakar’s house and car.
Abubakar’s whereabouts remain unknown, prompting concern for his safety. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is collaborating with authorities, including the Emir of Katsina, to ensure his protection upon his return.
Despite condemning the offensive nature of the post, CAN’s Vice Chairman in Katsina, Venerable Muyiwa Segun, emphasized the importance of religious tolerance and denounced any acts of violence or disrespect towards other faiths. He reiterated that Christians should practice evangelism peacefully and respectfully.
CAN is actively working with security agencies and religious leaders to maintain peace and safety within the community.