13 Muslim groups under the aegis of Muslims United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) angered by the lynching of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto over alleged blasphemy have requested justice against her killers.
The Executive Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Lakin Akintola, while speaking at a press conference in Lagos, demanded justice for the lynchers no matter what motivated the act.
He added that the event could be used in promoting a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims, maintaining that it would be possible if the adherents of the religions would practice the simple message their faith preached.
Akintola encouraged Christians to avoid intolerance and requested Christain leaders to look inward.
“We express strong solidarity with voices of reason and moderation amongst scholars of Islam and declare readiness to continue working together to strengthen the pillars of national peace, reconciliation, and understanding,” he said.
He further called for the enlightenment of religious adherents on the need to practice love and show mutual respect, while avoiding extremism and hatred.
The groups urged the Federal and State governments to declare and enforce laws against blasphemy and illegal killing for blasphemy.