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NASFAT missioner seeks justice in murder of Yobe cleric

The chief missioner of the Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has condemned the recent murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami in Yobe,…

The chief missioner of the Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has condemned the recent murder of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami in Yobe, describing it as a clear demonstration of man’s inhumanity to man.  

He said the killing of the cleric had deprived Muslims of Islamic scholarship, which he was reputed to have been endowed with.

Onike, in a statement yesterday, noted that the sacredness of life could be attested to by Allah’s statement in Quran 5:32, that, “He who slays a soul, unless it is in punishment for murder or spreading mischief on earth, shall be as if he had slain all mankind, and he who saves a life shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”

Onike also stated, “Islam places so much premium on lives, to the extent that the punishment of whoever intentionally takes the life of a person is to have his own life taken when not forgiven by the closest relatives of the person he killed. This punishment will prevent others from committing such dastardly act.” 

He urged the government to ensure that the killers of the cleric are made to face justice, irrespective of their statuses, religion or ethnicity.