Controversy Trails Teenage Girl’s Conversion to Christianity From Islam
An alleged conversion of a 200-level student of Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa state, Nabila Galadima, from Islam to Christianity, has raised a lot of controversy in Jos, Plateau state capital city.
Guardian reports that Nabila had met a man, Engineer Simput Dafup, for the first time in Dubai on his way to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, with the duo exchanging pleasantries and contacts.
Nabila, 19, who was said to have had interest in Christianity called bluff her father’s possible reaction to her conversion to Islam after Dafup had asked the question.
She was further led to an Evangelist Jerry Datim for counselling by Dafup. He told Daily Trust on phone that Nabila had converted to Christianity while at Bingham University and had met Dafup, a lecturer, in Ghana four years ago on a flight to Dubai.
The pastor said Nabila had recently reconnected with Dafup who was visiting Jos for the Christmas break and expressed her intentions to fully convert to Christianity.
He further explained that though Nabila’s father was aware of her intention to convert, he had said it was unacceptable by him.
“After they assaulted my family, I took the matter to the Plateau State Administrative Secretary of JNI, Sheikh Abdulazeez Yusuf who was unhappy with the development and arranged a meeting with the SSS.
“Even at the SSS office, when they asked why I didn’t take the girl to the police station, it was the JNI that answered by telling them that we have been working together to resolve such issues without involving security,” he said.
According to him, “As I address you, we do not know the whereabouts of Engineer Simput Dafup and Daniel Hassan, the taxi driver whose vehicle Miss Nabila boarded from Abuja to Jos.
“I want to state for the avoidance of doubt that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees the right of anyone to propagate his faith and the right to also practice any religion of one’s choice. Miss Nabila told me she is 19 years old and therefore free to choose a religion for herself.
“I understand that her father has said he has all the connection in this country to deal with me, Engineer Dafup and any other person found to have converted his daughter to Christianity, and that he will ensure we rot in jail.
“I want to state here, without fear of contradiction, that Engineer Dafup, myself or any other person that has established any contact with Nabila, has breached any law of this land.”
Challenging the DSS to produce Nabila, Datim said he would appreciate a face to face meeting with her to confirm if she was ever forced to convert to Christianity.
“She is of age. Let her speak for herself on this matter. Let the whole world hear her.
“In the event that his abductors insist on keeping him, wherever he is, I will begin to mobilise any moment after this press conference. They must not only release him immediately, they must ensure that he is in a good state of health. And the DSS must stop the harassment of members of my family or that of the family of Engineer Dafup or any other person allegedly involved in the conversion of Miss Nabila,” the Evangelist said.
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