A University Professor and former lecturer of the Kaduna State University, Kaduna, who goes by the name Samuel Achi, has revealed that his son was brutally killed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University mosque in Bauchi when the underfire current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was the Chief Imam of the university’s mosque, the Punch Newspaper has reported.
In an interview the University don granted to Kayode Oyero of the Punch newspaper, Samuel Achi explained that the embattled Buhari’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was the Chief Imam of the ATBU’s mosque, under whose leadership “fatwa” was issued by the then muslim students which led to the murder of his son, Sunday Achi.
Professor Samuel Achi, who was a former lecturer of Industrial Chemistry at the Kaduna State University, painfully explained that his son, Sunday Achi who was a 400 level Architecture student of ATBU at that time, was strangled to death inside the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University mosque on an allegation that he circulated tracts whose contents were considered as blasphemous to the then muslim students.
The retired don who is now 67 years of age also said he was aware that Nigeria’s current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was the Chief Imam of the university’s mosque when the incident happened on December 9, 2004.
He revealed further that his late son, Sunday, was the leader of the students’ fellowship of the Evangelical Church Winning All Ministry, and that explained why he was the prime target of the then extremist muslim students who ended up killing him at his prime age. Achi Senior stated futher that the purported balsphemous tract upon which his son was killed was a blantant lie, noting that the tracts shared by his late son did not contain any blasphemous content, but yet the Pantami-led Muslim community at the university pronounced a ‘fatwa’ on his son and murdered him.
In his word, the old don stated, “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.”
The agonized don, who later noted that he had now forgiven Pantami and other muslim students who carried out the dastardly act, said that it took the intervention of the then governors of both Kaduna and Bauchi state for him to retrieve the body of his son for proper burial, even after being killed in such a brutal and pitiable manner.