Converting me, Odogwu Christian Chukwuemeka Nwannedimma Odogwu, a full blooded Christian, to Islam, was so easy, effortless and already there is jubilation in almost all Islam cities across the nation. Rubbish!
Why convert me to a religion for which I personally ran away from the North, particularly Jigawa State, because of its violence? Why convert me to a religion that only loves it when you, a Christian converted to Islam and not the other way round? Why convert me to a religion that uses all at its disposal to suppress freedom of worship and ruin the efforts of others without batting an eyelid?
Why should anyone, especially my love from Jigawa State where I ran away by midnight after challenging some youths burning Churches at random in my very before, convert me to Islam? Why shouldn't I convert her to Christianity? What a religion!
Why should there be a controversy that a Muslim girl, Nabila Umar Sanda, 19, and daughter of a traditional title holder in Biu, Borno State, at her own will, converted to Christianity in Jos, Plateau State when hundreds of Christian girls have been forcefully converted to Islam and made pregnant without qualms, even when they were toddlers still under their parents' watch? What a country of contradictions! Is another religious war in the offing?
Why would State Security Service (SSS) arrest the girl's male friend, Engineer Simput Eagles Dafup, in Plateau State, on the orders of the girl's father that his daughter had been abducted in Abuja on December 1, 2017?
Why didn't such arrest come the way of the abductors of Ese Oruru, Ifesinachi Ani and Rose Peter Chukwu, among others, who were forcefully converted and made pregnant many times? Nabila isn't yet pregnant, never forcefully converted nor made pregnant. The young chap did the right thing by informing the elders of his church.
How can Nabila, who finished from Air Force Comprehensive College, Jos, and a 200 Level student of Mass Communication at the Bingham University in Nasarawa State, be compared with the outrage we witnessed in Bayelsa when a 13-year Christian girl, Ese Rita Oruru, was kidnapped, raped, made pregnant and converted by Yinusa who fled Bayelsa to Kano but the Emir, in connivance, with all powerful Muslims in the Nigerian police and DSS connived to rubbish the case.
Ese must have been delivered of her baby and put to shame, while Yinusa is free. She was even brain washed with a new name, Aisha Chuwas, that she didn't even know her mother, Rose Ese, again. To add insult to the abominable act, Rose was told by the chief of a village in Tufa, Kura Local Government Area of Kano State, that Ese had been converted into Islam , married and renamed 'Aisha', and that the child was no longer her daughter. Balderdash!
Same fate was faced by a 16-year old SS-2 student of Government Secondary School, Apo Resettlement, Ifesinachi Ani, from Amaechi Awkunanaw in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu who was abducted and taken to unknown destination.
As well, an Ebonyi girl, beautiful Rose Peter Chukwu, was abducted, made pregnant and converted from Christianity to Islam. In 2010 when she was 17, she was in Kwara State, with one Alhaji Olatunji Sulyman said to be the current spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Kwara State Chapter. FCT police command allowed her traducers to kidnap her 3 year old boy, leaving her with her 4 year old daughter.
The list is endless, but in all of them, did the security agents react positively, apart from aiding and abetting the kidnappers? But if it were Christians, all hell would be let loose. What an irony of fate?
Odogwu Emeka Odogwu is a known journalist, editor,and famous blogger, as well as social media entrepreneur, publisher and firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be continued.