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Deborah Yakubu’s Death: Religion, an Opium of The Masses

Throwback Thursday, But it’s the day of Deborah Yakubu’s Death

While folks were busy on social media posting pictures of their throwbacks, Muslim students of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, were on their way to take the life of one of their colleagues. She was reported to have committed a blasphemous act by insulting the Prophet. If death is truly the punishment for blasphemy, then I believe the punishment should be executed by appropriate authorities. The students didn’t think about this, instead, they were eager to make that day the day of Deborah Yakubu’s death. All these happened because of religion and maybe cultural diffusions.

Who perpetrated this action?

When the angry mob was closely looked at, one will find that the mob is filled with students who are children of the masses in the country. I mean, how many wealthy parents will send their children to a College of education in Nigeria? The answer to this is 0. When you look at the rank on which a college of education is placed in Nigeria, you will understand that it is below standard for a wealthy man’s child.

The suspected murderers of Deborah Yakubu were arrested and this angered the masses in Sokoto as they took the streets to protest. Their protest wasn’t a peaceful one as they visit churches and homes of Christians with clubs, cutlass, petrol and match boxes. With the hope to let out their anger on them. Why? Because they do not practice their religion and must be subjected to their rules? Who did this to us? How did we get here? It is so sad this is happening in the 21st century and ‘millennials’ are the main perpetrators.

These acts carried out by the angry students proved this sentence by Karl Marx, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

Religion, an opium of the masses

Religion is meant to be a tool that unifies the people and creates a spirit of brotherhood for those who share the same religion. It should also be a place where others can find solace whenever they need it. But the opposite is the case. It has now become a tool for diversity. This diversity is further orchestrated by the masses who are meant to stand together in solidarity and devise means to have a better life. The masses are so bent on religion, that they forget about humanity. They sit with their hands between their thighs and watch some tyrant leaders brainwash them.

There is one thing that I believe can help anyone overcome dogmas or being brainwashed, and that is seeking knowledge. You don’t ask how high when someone asks you to jump. Try to know why you need to jump! What if you jump and by the time you land on the floor, you find that a pit is beneath you, then you fall right into it.

Friends are becoming secret foes all because of religion. Colleagues do not want to sit beside each other during meetings because the other person’s religion does not choose peace at it states. The people are judging others by the actions of few ignorants. It is quite unfortunate that we are discussing this in the 21st century. It is so sad. And this is a big shame on us!

Rufai Lateefah

Rufai Lateefah is a sociology graduate from the prestigious University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. She has a national diploma in Business Administration. And has a keen knowledge of social media management and content writing. She is also starting out as a UI/UX designer, and enjoys reading a lot. You can connect with Rufai on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and via email at