Deborah Samuel: No one has right to take life over religious wrongdoing – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, which he observed, resulting in violence, destruction and killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam on Thursday.

In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) Friday, the President said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto

The President noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW) but where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

Moreover, the statement added, that religious leaders, preach that it is not for the believer to judge the actions of another person. The constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.

Some of the major perpetrators of Deborah death at right and left

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” said the President.

He extended the nation’s condolences to the family of the deceased student and wished all those injured a quick recovery. He commended the immediate response to the incident by the Government and urged religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.

Deborah Samuel murdered

President Buhari called for tampered comments by the media and calm among the general population while the investigation is ongoing to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

Deborah, a 200-level student was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

It was reported that her accusers who are also students of the institution forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

The Police in Sokoto State have however arrested some persons in connection with the murder of the female student.

Late Deborah burnt remains

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