Samuel Ezekiel, father of Nathaniel Samuel, the suspect arrested for allegedly trying to bomb a Living Faith Church in Kaduna, has said his son is a Christian and has never been a Muslim.
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“No! Not even for a single day has he been a Muslim.” Ezekiel also said he was shocked when he was told that his son carried a bomb into a church because he wondered what would have happened to the lives of people in the church.
“If he was alone, I don’t care but for the lives that are in the church, I begin to wonder. I shed tears,” he told Daily Trust.
Ezekiel, a Jarawa by tribe from Bauchi State, said the suspect was born in 1991 and schooled in the state while his mother, who does not live with them, is from Nasarawa State.
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The state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Hayab, a reverend, confirmed knowing Ezekiel for many years. He however he did not know Nathaniel was his son.
Hayab said the act of criminality, not his religion, is what should be addressed. He said the police should have conducted a thorough check on the suspect to ascertain his true identity.