Trouble looms :Etinosa’s Action is Worse than Hate Speech- Chief Imam, Ansar-Ud-Deen, Abdulrahman Ahmad

Actor and comedienne, Etinosa Idemudia didn’t stop at using the Holy Bible as ashtray. She went further to threaten to use the Holy Quran as an ashtray. Despite being warned by many of her followers and fans she insisted that she would carry out her threat and get away with it.

Following her recent revelation, a popular Islamic Scholar on social media, Albaarizy dared that she should carry out her threats and watch how terrible things would befall her.

However, in an interview with the Chief Imam of Ansar-Ud-Deen,   he condemned the actress’s actions, adding that it is below the dignitary of religious people to comment on issues like this. He said,

“It is a pity for us as a people and a country that we are where we are today. I don’t like to comment on issues like this because I think it is below the dignitary of religious people and those with conscience and goodwill to be commenting on issues like this. More or less, individuals are trying to acquire fame and we should not help them. Otherwise, this issue should not be discussed at all; it is bad news. It is a sad commentary. It questions our collective morality; why should we be discussing issues like this and celebrating it; popularizing a wayward individual. Whether it is the Bible, the Quran or any other holy book; should not popularize or sensationalize it. Whether something happens to them-(the actor) or not.

“I condemn, without any reservation anyone who desecrates the Bible as much as I condemn anyone who attempts to desecrate the Quran. It isn’t something that we should be discussing. We should not even look at it from the point of view of- ‘if something is going to happen to her or not’. That someone dared to insult and violate the religious sensibility of others is condemnable. It is worse than hate speech because it could set the nation in tune reaction (sic). It could be destabilizing. It is not part of anybody’s freedom to insult the sensibility either cultural or religion of others.

“We should not to give prominence to this waywardness. It is a collective insult on Nigerians as a deeply religious community. I condemn whoever desecrates the Bible and Quran. There are consequences for any of these actions. If the law enforcement agencies don’t act on unwarranted provocation; then they should also not act when the repercussions start to come. This is my opinion.

“Whatever threatens the peace and stability of Nigeria is against the law. Is it freedom? If they don’t stop this, when the chain reactions starts, they don’t have any moral right to do anything.”

He continued,

“It has been ruled by the European court of human right that to insult a religious personality is not part of freedom speech. It would not be part of freedom to desecrate what other people hold sacred,” he added.

When he was asked about the Islamic scholar’s threat to Etinosa, he noted that, that was part of the chain reaction he was talking about.

“That is part of the chain reaction that I warned about; it is just a tip of the iceberg. Like I said, the person who is making this threat is too insignificant to give the issue such publicity. The law enforcement agency can prevent the breakdown of Law and order by nipping this in the bud to avoid unpleasant reactions,” he said.

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