I was probably among the last few active internet users to have heard of the death of Governor Ibrahim Patrick Yakowa. I did not get the report of the crash up until around 8pm of the said day. The Governor was said to be humble, gentle and had a very good relationship with people around him.
With his death, his good nature became more obvious. I came to the conclusion of his good nature from updates, posts and comments of people living in Kaduna and elsewhere and from information gathered over the past few years.
Meanwhile, as usual and as expected, the social media community went viral with allegations from the Christian community accusing Muslims of being behind the crash. These deranged “warriors” proposed several outrageous conspiracy theories that has no basis in reality.
Some have accused the pilot of purposely crashing the helicopter in hope of getting 75 virgins in Paradise. Others alleged that the decision to kill Yakowa was taken at the gathering of northern leaders at the wedding of Vice President Sabo daughter. All these very serious allegations where made without any tread of evidence.
Then they started spreading rumours that Muslims were jubilation and celebrating in Kaduna over Yakowa’s death. And of course, this also turned out to be false from the bearers of falsehood.
These uncultured soldiers for Christ have rained barrage of insults on the whole Muslim community, Islam and the Prophet of Islam صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ as a result of Yakowa’s death.
Abacha died and its on record that the Nigeria Christian community celebrated. Abiola, a Muslim, was killed or died to give way for a Christian President, Obasanjo. Yar’adua, a Muslim, died in office and Jonathan, a Christian became president. In all this instances, nobody accused Christians of being behind the deaths, nobody rain abuses on Christian, Christianity and on Jesus Christ.
My advice to Christian Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists, rather than spend all the time preaching prosperity and imaginary Muslim plots, they should take few minutes out every Sunday and teach their followers tolerance and respect for other faith and beliefs.
Conclusively, I once wrote an article I never had the time to conclude and publish on the aftermath of the Post Election Violence of 2011 in Kaduna. And unlike the Plateau Crisis, there was no indication that the Yakowa Government played a role in the massacre of Muslims in Southern Kaduna (I however stand to be corrected).
So I had always had great respect for Yakowa. Unlike his evil colleague in Plateau State (Jonah Jang), I have had no reason to dislike him. Our sincere condolence goes to his family and the people of Kaduna State.