Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Christians youths in Kaduna, have said the outcome of the trial of killers of Mrs. Bridget Agbamihe in Kano, will determine how they respond to the near-fatal knife attack on a carpenter in the state by Muslim youths.
Speaking weekend in Kaduna, the youths who spoke under auspices of Kaduna Christian Youths said how government handled the case in Kano will determine how they will henceforth react to attack on Christians in the state.
Some muslim youths were apprehended last week in Kaduna for attacking a Christian, 41 year-old Mr. Francis Emmanuel in Kakuri, in Kaduna South Local government area of the state, for not fasting.
But the KCY, which condemned the attack, told newsmen that they were observing the court proceeding over Mrs. Agbamihe’s killing and also, closely, watching Kaduna state government’s action in the case of Francis.
“How government and the court handled the case would determine our next line of action on this issue”, coordinator of the youths, Mr. Irmiya Joshua said.
According to him, “Muslim youths are provoking us again. We thought we could live in peace but their actions since the coming of this administration is making us feel as if they consciously planned this all the while so as to get protection by government.”
Asked on what they intend to do, Mr. Joshua simply replied, “nobody has the monopoly of violence. In Kaduna, we are known to be simple as well as violent when the need arises. We are watching the situation, we are coordinating and the end will determine our next line of action.”
It could be recalled that some Muslims youths attacked a middle aged man, Mr. Francis Emmanuel at about 2:30pm when they found him eating, while they were observing the Ramadan fasting.
Mr. Francis who was rushed to the St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, where he was treated following deep machete cuts on his head and other parts of his body, told journalists from his hospital bed that he was taking his lunch when the boys, numbering about six, descended on him on the grounds that he was not fasting.