Sokoto killing: Punishment for blasphemy is death — Former IGP’s son

Captain Jamil Abubakar, son of a former inspector-general of police Mohammed Abubakar, says the punishment for blasphemy in Islam is death while reacting to the killing of a student Deborah Samuel in Sokoto for alleged blasphemy.

The pilot argued on Friday that all religions frown at blasphemy and warned people to respect the beliefs of others.

“In Islam we respect the Injil, Taura, Zabur, we were never taught to disrespect any of the book, or any of the prophets From Adam to Muhammad SAW and the Quran.

“The punishment for blasphemy is death! in most religions including Christianity. Respect people’s religion. It’s simple!” he said on Twitter.

Following a PUNCH report that he defended the killing of blasphemers, Abubakar tweeted on Saturday that he never approved the killing of Ms Samuel.

Abubakar, who is the president of a non-profit organisation JMD Foundation, said, “I clearly stated that there are rules to these happenings. Don’t twist my words.

“I’m a Muslim, I didn’t make the rules. I sighted the laws not my opinion. And no where did I mention what was done was right or I was in support of it or not. Hence I pasted references and so on. But it’s what it is.”