Azman Air, an airline operational in Nigeria, has distanced itself from Jamil Abubakar, a pilot who expressed support for the killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State over alleged blasphemy.
Recall that Deborah Samuel was beaten and stoned to death before she was set ablaze on Thursday, May 12.
According to reports, she allegedly spoke wrongly against the Holy Prophet on her class WhatsApp group which her Muslim colleagues defined as blasphemy.
Tweeting following Deborah’s death, Captain Jamil, an experienced pilot, son of the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and son-in-law of Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote, tweeted;
In Islam we respect the Injil, Taura, Zabur, we were never taught to disrespect any of the book, or any of the prophets From Adam to Muhammad SAW & the Quran. The punishment for Blasphemy is D£ATH! in most religions including Christianity.
Respect Peoples religion it’s simple!
In Islam the Sharia court handles these cases. Islam put rules & regulations to control peoples action and motives, so the wrong ones are not cheated and justice is served the right way.
However, he deleted the tweets few hours later following outrage over his standpoint.
Many Twitter users called on Azman Air to take action against the pilot while some defended Jamil.
Reacting, Azman Air in a statement today has now said that he is no longer their pilot and last worked with them in December 2019.
The Airline also said it will not take responsibility for the comment of a former staff.
The tweet reads;
PUBLIC NOTICE: Capt Jamil Abubakar is no longer a pilot @AzmanAir; his last flight with us was 22nd Dec 2019. We refuse to take responsibility for a comment or view of a former staff. The General Public should kindly take note.
Capt Jamil Abubakar is no longer a pilot @AzmanAir; his last flight with us was 22nd Dec 2019.
We refuse to take responsibility for a comment or view of a former staff.
— AzmanAir – #LetsFlyAzmanAir (@AzmanAir) May 15, 2022