The president who issued this statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity on Friday May 13, 2022 said; “No person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country.”
Recall, Deborah Samuel, a part two student of Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) was brutally murdered by irate mob accused of passing unflattering comments about Prophet Mohammed on campus.
The president who strongly condemned the incident said violence has and never will solve any problem.
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.
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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, 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.
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Meanwhile, some Nigerians on social media have bashed former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar after he deleted a post condemning the killing of the female student saying that he isn’t fit to be the country’s president.
The presidential aspirant has, however, in a later Facebook post written in Hausa language, denied knowing about the post saying that any post made not carrying ‘AA’ in any of his page is not from him.