BY QUADRI SALIU
Professor Samuel Achi, a former lecturer of Industrial Chemistry at the Kaduna State University has disclosed how his 24-year-old son who was a Campus Christian leader in 2004 was strangled in the campus mosque when the embattled current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami was the Chief Imam.
Achi explained that his late Sunday Achi was captured by the Muslim community at ATBU on December 9, 2004.
Professor Achi said his son, Sunday was a 400-level student of Architecture at the ATBU when this dastardly act by the Muslim community was carried on him.
He told The Punch that the campus mosque Muslim students killed his son over an allegation that he circulated a Christian tract that contained blasphemous content.
According to Achi, the tracts shared by his late son did not contain any blasphemous content but the Muslim community at the university led by Nigeria’s current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami pronounced a ‘fatwa’ on his son.
”Pantami was the Chief Imam of ATBU mosque at the time,” Achi added.
He explained: “The incident happened in the early hours of the 9th of December (2004). It was from the night of December 8 to the early hours of December 9 that it happened. From the fact that I had; from clear indications; from the confirmed information that I had, he was not stoned. He was actually strangled inside the mosque. His body was discovered outside the university mosque.
Achi who said he has forgiven the killers of his son said: “As a Christian, my belief is that even though they killed him by pronouncing fatwa against him, he was doing God’s work, so, I don’t think we have to worry about it. God has comforted us and we have been able to forgive everybody that did that terrible act.
“Of course, we have no control over it but the blood of my son would always haunt whoever has a hand in killing him.”
Professor Achi, 67 said his son had a vision the previous night that the Christians on campus were attached. The vision compelled him to ask the students not to sleep in their hostels that day.
”My son was the leader of the students’ fellowship of the Evangelical Church Winning All Ministry at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State at the time. Late Sunday was, however, captured by the Muslim community at ATBU on December 9, 2004.”
However, when contacted, Pantami’s aide, Uwa Suleiman, told The PUNCH that the claim by Samuel was not true. She declined further comments on the matter.
The minister’s aide said, “The allegations are not true. Do your research but the allegations are not true.”