Mr. Samuel Ezekiel, Father of Kaduna Christian Suicide Bomber, Nathaniel Samuel, has confirmed the identity of his son – that he is a Christian as opposed to the claims of some Christians on the Social Media.
Following the arrest of Nathaniel Samuel, his identity had been debated by Nigerians on the Social Media. Some gave his name as Muhammed Sanni.
A reporter from Daily Trust visited the suspect’s house at Marabar Demishi village located few kilometres from Maraban Rido in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state met his father, Samuel Ezekiel, a Jarawa by tribe from Bauchi state, alongside the Kaduna state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Joseph Hayab.
Mr. Samuel said Nathaniel was born in 1991 and schooled in the state, adding that his mother was from Nasarawa state even though she no longer lives with them.
He said his son was never a Muslims, not for a single day. He also debunked the narrative that his son bears Muhammed Sanni.
A report from Daily Trust reads;
“Mr 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 our reporter.
Also speaking with Daily Trust, Reverend Hayab Joseph said he knew the father of the suspect for many years, noting that it’s just that he didn’t know that Nathaniel was the son of Mr. Ezekiel until he visited the house.
He said CAN is not concerned about Nathaniel’s name or religion but the act of criminality that he would have committed which should be addressed. He also expressed disappointment over the failure of the Police to do a thorough check on the suspect’s background, saying that would have saved Nigerians a lot of stress on the identity of the suspect.”