Sunday, November 16, 2008
ISIOMA DANIEL, A NIGERIA SALMAN RUSHDIE!
Icheokudotcom celebrates one of the leading voices of hope for moribund Nigeria! Her name, Isioma Daniel and for standing up against the religious zealots and fanatics of Northern Nigeria Islamic world, we acknowledge her as Icheoku favorite person of the time. In 2003, the proposed hosting of Miss World competition in Nigeria was cancelled after all the event organisers and participants had arrived in Nigeria for the pageant. The reason was that the fanatics of Northern Nigeria unleashed mayhem and anarchy in the Nigeria, protesting what their ignorance led them to believe was anti their religion. The Northerners caused wide-spread violent riots across the northern Nigeria, that left over two hundred (200) people dead, one thousand (1,000) injured and about eleven thousand (11,000) homeless. It took the brave voice of Ms. Isioma Daniel, a Nigerian journalist, to really question the Muslim discontent with the "indecency" of the pageant". Muslims who marry twelve year old girls, rape women and stone some of them to death for becoming pregnant while the man who raped them are hailed as heroes? Yet they cannot stand pretty ladies in bikinis? According to this affable pretty, the Muslims thought it was immoral to bring ninety-two (92) women to Nigeria and ask them to revel in "vanity". Asking rhetorically, what would their Mohamed do or think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from one of them". That was the "offense" for which her life has changed as a result of a death sentence passed on her by some very religious lunatics who could care less if this lady was a Muslim and amenable to the Muslim code of speech and in utter disregard to her freedom of speech. A Fatwa was issued out on the journalist by the Zamfara State governor who authorises a reward for the head of Isioma Daniel. According to this zealot, like Salman Rushdie, the blood of Isioma Daniel can be shed; stating that it is abiding on all Muslims wherever they are, to consider the killing of the writer as a religious duty." Icheokudotcom asks which good religion authorizes the killing of a human-being for simply expressing a viewpoint especially one that is very obvious? It is not a godly one as thou shall not kill is a grand injunction of God.! Be that as it may, we hereby honor this great lady for her bravery and declare her a person with great future. To Isioma Daniel, wherever you may be safely hiding, just know that so many descent Nigerians share in your pain of being declared a person non grata in your country by some crazed lunatic governor of Zamfara State. PSA: Isioma Daniel or anybody reading this who knows her should tell her to contact us for her award for bravery!