Lead Story  |  Metro  |  News  

United Kingdom daily celebrates stabbed Nigerian teacher for forgiving assailant

By Marcel Mbamalu   |   17 August 2015   |   11:45 pm  
No-blacks

Racist graffiti on a house occupied by Nigerians in the United States

THE United Kingdom-based Nigerian teacher, Vincent Uzomah, who was stabbed by his pupil in a pre-planned racist attack, has been celebrated in the British media for forgiving his 14-year-old assailant.

Uzomah, who watched the teenager given an extended sentence of 11 years (though he could be released after three years) by the Bradford Crown Court, said: I have forgiven him.

I pray he will become a changed person.” UK’s leading newspaper, The Independent, which featured Uzomah and his wife, Uduak, on the front page of its August 11 edition, described the 50-year-old Supply teacher as “a deeply Christian man,” who “gave a lesson in mercy that will inspire parents and pupils far beyond his native Bradford.”

The “dangerous young offender” had stabbed his teacher and bragged about the “racially-motivated” attack on Facebook for which he got 69 likes on his profile.

The mother-fucker getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy,” the Facebook post bragging about the incident that took place at the Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford, South Yorkshire 20 minutes after his escape, read.

Uzomah had been working in the school for seven weeks before the incident. Prosecutor, Jonathan Sharp, reportedly described the teenager, who has a Pakistani origin, as “disruptive and a bully, who at 14 was already using cannabis.”

The boy was said to have resented being told off by the Nigerian-born teacher. Sharp said the boy “did not show any especial hostility to other teachers.” Mr. Uzomah, however, is black.

The defendant disliked him, claiming he couldn’t teach, and freely referred to him by the epithet beginning with the letter, ‘n’, including saying it in anger just before he attacked him.

The Crown’s case in consequence is that the attack was, at least in part, racially motivated,” the prosecutor said. Reports say the boy had already been telling friends about his plan to stab a teacher.

And after being reminded of the school’s rules on mobile phones, got angry, red in the face, and put his head down, muttering the word “bastard” and “nigger.” According to Sharp, the boy approached Uzomah, saying, “you can have my phone, and reached into his pocket, but at that point he took out the knife and stabbed Mr. Uzomah in the stomach.”

The Supply teacher was quickly taken to the hospital for treatment on injuries to his stomach and bowel as the boy fled the scene and posted his online message.

Uzomah

Uzomah

Six hours later, the assailant was arrested in Bradford city centre- though the phone and the kitchen knife were never found. “Although the boy refused to answer police questions, he reportedly gave a statement saying: ‘I am really sorry for stabbing my teacher. I do not know what is wrong with me.

I do know I did not intend to kill him. I want to say sorry to Mr. Uzomah and I hope is feeling better soon.” But outside Bradford Crown Court last Monday, the U.K-based Nigerian teacher, who was accompanied by his wife, told journalists that “As a Christian, I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain on me and my family.

Our prayer for him is that he will make use of the opportunities and support that will be provided to him to become a changed person, who will make a positive contribution to the society.”

Also speaking to the BBC, Uzomah said he prayed that he would not die after he realised what had happened to him. He said he was also concerned about the safety of his wife, who is also a teacher.

An Nkwerre man from Imo State, the Diaspora Nigerian studied Civil Engineering (Waste Water) at the University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.

Racist attacks in the West The latest attack is not just an isolated case, as there has been steady increase in the number of attacks on Nigerians and other blacks in the UK, United States of America (U.S.A) and other western countries.

After reports found up to three race-related incidents reported daily in Northern Ireland, a Nigerian man, Michael Abiona, whose Belfast home was subjected to a racist protest in June 2014 reportedly gave up his new home, according to the U.K edition of theguardian.

Abiona was literally forced to give up the house he was allocated in the Knocknagoney area of East Belfast after racists turned up on his doorstep.

According to reports, five people, including a woman, held up banners with the slogans “Houses 4 Local People” and “We need Homes 2” on them.

Abiona, who likened the incident to “ a flashback” to an attempted racial assault on him three years earlier, said he would “not now move into the Northern Ireland Housing Executive home- the region’s public housing authority -because he feared for his three-year-old son’s safety.

This also took place in East Belfast and it involved teenage boys throwing stones and bottles at me as I passed by in the street. They then chased me down the street carrying iron rods and threatened me.” “Only for a good neighbour, who saw what was going on and came out to take me inside his house, and stood up to these youths, I would have been badly beaten up or worse,” said Abiona.

There was remarkable increase in racist attacks in Belfast in 2014. For instance, a racist graffiti- “No Blacks” – was written on a house occupied by two Nigerian men in August 2013, less than one year before Abiona quit his home.

Evident in two incidents from the frontline of American police’s ongoing campaign against soft drugs, racial discrimination against blacks is gathering more steam in the U.S, in spite of efforts by the President Barack Obama administration to stem the tide.

In one of the cases, a young black woman alleged she was forced to pull down her trousers and endure a cavity search after an officer said he smelled marijuana in her car.

In the second, a young man, who was arrested for speeding and who reportedly admitted to having smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel, was permitted to pose for a selfie with the arresting officer.



  • Ojiyovwi

    Forgive if you live to do so, but remember that Anthony Walker, the
    young promising black student here in merseyside had no such opportunity
    against the racists who cowardly attacked him on his way home in Huyton.

  • Ojiyovwi

    These are neverdowells!

  • Ojiyovwi

    Do you know, one-to-one. these neverdowells stand no chance against our
    usually strong young people. These racist packs will target individuals
    for their wickedness.

  • Ojiyovwi

    Do you know, one-to-one. these neverdowells stand no chance against our usually strong young people. These racist acks will target individuals for their wickedness. I always advise our children to be prepared and go in groups for mutual protection. Last Saturday thes racist and cowardly neverdowells came to Liverpool to match and they were met by a larger crowd of anti-racists and these idiots had to hit a hasty retreat from our city. We will confront them always and we are prepared for a good fight against these weaklings who always blame their missfortune on all others but their filthy selves.

  • Ojiyovwi

    Forgive if you live to do so, but remember that Anthony Walker, the young promising black student here in merseyside had no such opportunity against the racists who cowardly attacked him on his way home in Huyton.

    Do you know, one-to-one. these neverdowells stand no chance against our
    usually strong young people. These racist acks will target individuals
    for their wickedness. I always advise our children to be prepared and go
    in groups for mutual protection.

    Last Saturday thes racist and cowardly
    neverdowells came to Liverpool to match and they were met by a larger
    crowd of anti-racists and these idiots had to hit a hasty retreat from
    our city. We will confront them always and we are prepared for a good
    fight against these weaklings who always blame their missfortune on all
    others but their filthy selves.

  • Ojiyovwi

    We have too many Mandelas. Lets have a few Mugabes to balance the lot of the African. Perhaps Julis Malema or Buhari can lend a hand in this regard. Core Zimbabweans are slowly achieving real independent lives with the racist NGOs on the run with their ICC balck zoos.

  • Hon Asuramu Ganiu

    Racist issue has become a national issue now, but, why are they saying No to blacks???….well I just pray they will realize there devilish doer and become a good person as Dr uzoma said .

  • Ojiyovwi

    We have too many Mandelas. Lets have a few Mugabes to balance the lot of the African. Perhaps Julis Malema or Buhari can lend a hand in this regard. Core Zimbabweans are slowly achieving real independent lives with the racist NGOs on the run with their ICC balck zoos.

    Give back what they deserve and these coawards will treat you with respect. If these neverdowells know they will come off worse for it they will not dare start a race war here in the UK. Fightback always within the law of reasonable force and they will learn a very good lesson in live-and-let-live. They scappered from Liverpool with he sound of “Scummy Fascists Out!!!” ringing in their greasy ears. They promised to return and I will be there with all other anti-fascist waiting to GREET the scums.

  • benny agafa

    There should come back to their father’s land. Period

    • Sunshine

      They should not. There is nothing wrong to leave abroad.

  • Moses2Ola_74Fam

    Most of these white pigs never traveled out of their region, so they do not know the value of black people, most of these North African countries also joined in racial discrimination, one Morocco lady a class mate of mine wanted to prove to me that she is white and using racial language on me, I know by now she is sorry for herself because the way I handle the case with her the words I told her before I transferred the case to authority, she is now send people to me and apologizing for her misbehavior.

  • Henry Nworu

    Let us make sure our house is clean before pointing our fingers at others. Let us not forget that we live in a country where people are butchered on daily basis for being non indigenes or of a different religion. Until we are able to coexist peacefully peacefully as a people and show respect for one another, our outrage against racism in the western world amounts to nothing but shameless hypocrisy. We cannot close our eyes to our own local equivalent of racism (tribalism) with all its horrendous components as they unfold daily before our eyes and have the guts lash out at others. Let us not forget that these countries have laws to deal with these problems, no matter how imperfect the system may be, at least they make the effort to apply the laws, just as we’ve seen in the case of Uzomah. But how many people have been prosecuted by our government for the mass killings of non indigenes that takes place in the north periodically? What about the order of the day where the landlord hikes the rent astronomically just because one doesn’t speak the local language? Take a look at our government, how easy is it for a qualified easterner to land a plum job position in a federal ministry where a northerner is in charge? Imagine the statement Buhari made in public about the treatment he would mete out to the geographical areas where he got less votes. Racism is evil, and we should all condemn and abhor it. We must show the good example before condemning others. Charity begins at home!

    • Jaja Majaja

      Nice one …….nothing to add

  • Ojiyovwi

    Viva Mugabe!!! All racists should have a taste of the consequences of their hate. But I repeat the point that we must be prepared to meet out that taste for the consequences of hate. Don’t sit there waiting to be harmed those cowards. Stand and fight back!!!

  • Asuquo Bassey

    Let us all join hands and fight against racism and tribalism, it is evil and bad. God bless Nigeria

You may also like