USING RELIGION FOR A COVERUP FOR CRIMINAL OFFENCES; THE DILEMMA OF ANOTHER HAUSA CHRISTIAN GIRL, FORCEFULLY KIDNAPPED, CONVERTED TO ISLAM, AND MARRYING HER OFF AGAINST THE CONSENT OF HER PARENTS.
Published by the Hausa Christians Foundation on 20th May, 2018
Zainab Bulus Bawa is a 16 year old Hausa Christian Girl from Kugawa of Kubau LGA, Kaduna State Nigeria, who is now forcefully taken away from her parents, spellbound, converted to Islam and married off by the Village Head of Anchau Alhaji Idris Yusuf, Alhaji Usman Idris Kugawa and the Islamic leaders of that area without the consent of her biological parents.
Saleh Idi Magami is a young Hausa Muslim man that goes to the Hausa Christians settlement of Kugawa on an unknown mission. Kugawa is a Hausa settlement of Both Christians and Muslims. Both of them have a history of living peacefully with each other, but the Muslim side are on the verge of destroying this peaceful co-existence by the support of the district and village heads of Anchau that are now sponsoring their Muslims brothers to commit evil against the Hausa Christians and then use the Muslims leaders to rally round and cover it with religion. They also use the LGA security team and the executives to support them, threaten and inflict pains on the Hausa Christian settlement of Kugawa.
On the 9th of March, 2018, the motive behind the coming of Saleh Idi Magami into the settlement of the Hausa Christians of Kugawa was uncovered. As usual, he receives the warmest welcome in the Hausa Christian settlement as a brother, little did the parents
of Zainab knew that he was actually luring their daughter into a relationship with him. And when he discovered the parents were about to find out what’s going on, he quickly kidnapped the girl out of the village by the help of his sponsors.
Alh. Usman Idris Kugawa is the self-acclaimed richest man of the area, who believes he can use his wealth to achieve anything he wants. He called the parents of Zainab to inform them that he was actually the person that helped Saleh Idi Magami to take the girl away and that he did so because the Saleh in questions wants to marry her. And when they took the girl out of her parent’s place, they took her to the Village Head of
Anchau to keep the girl, which in real sense Kugawa is not even under his jurisdiction, but he did so because He and the Village Head of Anchau are allies. After Kidnapping Zainab, they indoctrinated and hypnotized her and then brought religion into the matter; “that now, she is a Muslim and as a Muslim, she cannot live with a Christian, and that they have given her Islamic parents according to Islamic injunctions who now have authority over her”.
The parents of Zainab have been running helter-skelter pleading with the Village Head to release their daughter but to no avail. Instead of listening to them, they are been rebuked and threatened on a daily basis. They did everything possible, but the Muslims would not return Zainab back to her parents.
On the 9th of May, 2018, the Parents of Zainab reported the matter to the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO) and after listening to them, the HACFO Team went to Kugawa to ascertain the matter, and on reaching Kugawa we ascertained the truth of what they reported to us. Without further hesitation we went to the Village Head of Anchau on the Matter, He together with his cabinet and the Muslims leaders all attested to the initial report that came to us by the Parents of Zainab without any contradiction.
In order to broker peace, and peaceful coexistence between the Christians and the Muslims of Kugawa and Anchau, we advocated on the need not to infringe on the right of anyone on any ground. We discussed at length for about 2hours and after then, we all reached a conclusion that justice will be done by returning Zainab back to her parents, and if Saleh Idi Magami really wants to marry her, he should go as a responsible man and follow the due process. They called the parents of Zainab back to go and receive their daughter the following day, but on reaching there the story totally changed to our greatest disappointment. The Village Head and the Alhaji Usman Idris Kugawa now said that they don’t have control any more in the matter, which actually they were the ones that sponsored this atrocity. The Parents of Zainab and the Team of the Hausa Christians Foundation were left stranded with nowhere to go. They left Zainab under the Custody of the Islamic leaders and they continued with their enchantment upon her
She is the most recent victim of the incessant forceful kidnapping and conversion of our Hausa Christian Ladies into Islam which has been going on from time immemorial by some Muslims of Northern Nigeria. Although the lie that is documented all over the world is that all the Hausa people are Muslims with the exception of just but few that are Maguzawas (Traditional idol Worshippers), we want to categorically let the world know that such a claim is nothing but lies that was meant to silence the indigenous Hausa Christians Communities that live in millions from thousands of Communities in all the northern parts of Nigeria. The people they refer to as Maguzawa in their lies are the Hausa Christians.
We will like to shed some light on this. Most people use to wonder why mostly our kidnapped ladies will openly deny their parents and even their faith, this is because the moment they are kidnapped they forcefully subject them to different rituals, incantations and charms. So many spirits will be invoked upon them that they will never be able to speak with their right senses except what their captors want them to say. And so, as long as they stay with them, they will only but speak what their captors programmed their minds to say. That is why we will never accept any statement the girl will make, because she is not the one speaking. She is under the influence of the spirit they invoked upon her. By the way, a sixteen year old girl is still under the protection and care of her parents. It is what her parents decide for her that stands. She is still a minor, and worse to that under a terrible spell, she will not be able to speak the truth of what she needs for herself.
We know that the Quran said there is no compulsion of religion, (Quran 2:256). Then the question is why do they derive joy in forcing people through violence and all forms of manipulations into the religion they said no one should be forced into it?
We kept asking this question, how are maltreatments like this a pathway to a sustainable peace. If there are people who should be violent about this issue, they should be the people whose daughter, sister and granddaughter was forcefully stolen from them, and then forcefully converted to the religion she will never choose when in her right senses. Instead of us taking the law into our hands, we chose the way of maturity, due process and still they showed to us that the only thing a Christian deserves from a Muslim is injustice.
We remember seeing the aged parents of this girl in anguish, weeping night and day and going up and down to see the return of her daughter, but all they kept getting is injustice, abuse and denial of what belongs to her simply because she is a Christian.
The people, who supposed to be protecting us, are the ones harming us. They don’t rest when they see us happy. They get irritated when they see us in peace. How long will our traditional rulers keep sponsoring evil against their subjects and use religion as a cover for the harm they always cause us?
While calling on all our people especially the youths in Kugawa, Kaduna state and Nigeria to be patient as law abiding citizens, we want to make the following demands.
We together with the Parents of Zainab and the entire Hausa Christians Community of Kugawa, make the following demands:
- Zainab should be released and reunited back to her family immediately and unconditionally. She is still a minor and under the care of her parents. No one has the right to take her away from them.
- The Culprit, Saleh Idi Magami should be brought to book and justice should take its cause.
- The Village head of Anchau Alhaji Idris Yusuf and Alhaji Usman Idris Kugawa should be punished for sponsoring this act of inhumanity to man.
- The Federal, State, and Local Government Authorities should desist from playing a role in anything that has the tendencies of disrupting the peace of this country.
- The Northern Christians especially the Hausa Christians should not be regarded or treated as slaves just because they are Christians.
- Human rights should and must be respected. And whoever is found wanton should be punished accordingly.
On this note, we request of every well-meaning Nigeria to help us in any way possible to ensure that justice takes its course. We want Zainab Bulus Bawa released and reunited back to her family. Her parents are alive. She is a minor, she cannot decide for herself, moreover, she is under a spell, she cannot speak but what her captors charmed her to say.
WE SAY NOT TO THE INCESSANT KIDNAPPING OF OUR HAUSA CHRISTIANS GIRLS IN NIGERIA
WE SAY NO TO THE HARDSHIP THE CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA ARE GOING THROUGH THAT IS SPONSORED BY THE ISLAMIST IN GOVERNMENT
WE DEMAND THAT ZAINAB SHOULD BE REUNITED BACK TO HER PARENTS IMMEDIATELY.
WE WANT ZAINAB FREED FROM ISLAMIC CAPTIVITY.