Azman Airlines has distanced itself from Captain Jamil Abubakar and a tweet he made following the alleged blasphemy murder of a Christian student by her Muslim classmates.
Deborah Samuel was beaten and stoned to death before being burned alive on May 12.
Her offense was making a message on her class WhatsApp group that her Muslim classmates thought was insulting to the Prophet.
Captain Jamil, an accomplished pilot and son-in-law of Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote, tweeted following Deborah’s death: “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!”
He added: “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.”
He has now deleted the tweets after they caused outrage.
Twitter users mentioned Azman Air as his employer and called on the Airline to take action. Others defended Jamil and said they agree with his tweet.
Azman Air has now said that he is no longer their pilot and last worked with them in Dec 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.”