President Muhammadu Buhari has sharply denounced the violent action by residents in Sokoto, that resulted in the death of Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
On Thursday, Deborah Samuel was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam.
In response to the tragedy, President Buhari bemoaned the news of the young lady’s murder by fellow students was disturbing and urged an impartial, thorough investigation into everything that occurred before and during the incident.
The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand reverence for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW), but that sins, such as those reported to have occurred in the case of Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ), must be addressed.
The full statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, 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.
“President Buhari 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.
“Moreover, 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.
“No person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem.
“President Buhari also directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs and that of Communications and Digital Economy to work with GSM providers and Tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.
“The President 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.
“President Buhari called for tampered comments by the media and calm among the general population while investigation is ongoing to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident,” the statement said.