When a young feminist theology student’s faith is on trial

A young Nigerian student has been convicted of blasphemy after she allegedly accused her church of spreading “un-Islamic” teachings, prompting the pastor of the seminary in Lagos to say the young woman should be “expelled” from her seminary.

The student, Abi Mohamed Ndume, told her parents she believed her faith was under attack and had not attended church in two years, according to the Lagos state prosecutor’s office.

Ms Ndube’s family, however, said she had been in the semitory for six years.

Ms Ngue, the pastor, told the Associated Press news agency: “I cannot tell you if the woman who was convicted is a Muslim, Christian, atheist or a Muslim-Christian but I have faith that God is the same for everyone.”

The court was unable to confirm whether the woman was Muslim or Christian, but her mother, Abiola Ndubu, said in a statement that the young lady had been accused of blasphemy and she should be expelled.

She said the young Muslim woman had attended the semery for six months and that she had not committed any offence.

“We have always known this girl was innocent,” she said.

“Her family has never been in danger of any harm, she was never threatened or intimidated by any of us.”

Ms Ngubu said she would appeal the sentence.

Ms Mohamed Ndebe, who was 15 when she was convicted, has been in detention since last October.

Her mother told the AP that she did not want to speak to the media and would appeal.

The case came to light on Friday after a local TV station broadcast an interview with Ms Ndebit’s mother in which she said she believed the young girl was being punished for her religion.

“She was a very smart girl, a good student,” she told the news outlet.

“I don’t know why she is being punished.”

The pastor of St Peter’s Seminary in the city of Yobe, which has a population of about 6,000, said he did not know of any other instance of the young man being sentenced for alleged blasphemy.

He said he had no idea why Ms Nunebe was being sentenced.

Ms Dume is the latest in a series of Nigerian women who have been accused or accused of alleged blasphemy by members of the Islamic faith.

In October last year, Abila Gamba, a 19-year-old Muslim woman, was sentenced to six months in prison after she was accused of defaming Islam.

Ms Gamba was also accused of inciting violence against Christians during an attack in the western city of Maiduguri in 2013.

Ms Muhammad, another 19-years-old woman, has also been accused by the church of allegedly promoting blasphemy against Islam.

She is also being tried for allegedly inciting religious hatred against Christians in August 2016.

Nigeria’s constitution prohibits blasphemy, but a recent crackdown on anti-Christian rhetoric has prompted a resurgence in attacks.

In December last year a group of Christian men were attacked in Lagas for alleged blasphemous writings in an online forum.

Mr Nduba said it was a difficult time for Nigeria and Muslims worldwide.

“Our people are under attack.

We have been under attack for a long time,” he said.

He added that the church had received a letter of support from the Vatican, which he said welcomed the court’s decision.

The Lagos seminary has more than 2,000 students and is one of the oldest in Nigeria.