A Christian man was stabbed last Wednesday at a restaurant in the city of Kaduna, Nigeria, by a Muslim gang for not fasting during Ramadan.
The News Nigeria reported 41 year-old victim, Francis Emmanuel saying, “I went to buy wood to do some work. When I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came and asked me whether I was a Muslim or a Christian. I did not answer them. They asked me why I was not fasting. I told them that I am not a Muslim. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me.”
“They used cutlasses, scissors and knives. I became unconscious; I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” Emmanuel said.
He was taken to St, Gerald Catholic hospital and treated for his injuries. He nearly lost his right arm from wedged cuts during the incident.
Samuel Aruwan, media aide to Governor El-Rufai said in a statement that police are being directed to arrest the gang. The governor said religious acts of violence would not be tolerated in the state.
“The government will not allow anyone to get away with any crime using his or her faith as an excuse. There is no compulsion in religion. It is a free country, and that means no imposition of faith or religious practices on anyone,” El-Rufai said.