May 13, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the murder of a female student, Deborah Samuel, in Sokoto for alleged blasphemy.
A mob on Thursday, killed the Christian student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Wamako, Sokoto State.
Police said Deborah was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed Prophet Muhammad.
Following immediate threats to her safety, she was immediately evacuated to the security post of the school where the mob took her from the personnel.
A video of the deceased being beaten and hit with sticks and subsequently burnt to death has since gone viral.
“Two students were arrested in connection with the crime. The school has been closed down by the school authority, and policemen deployed to give tight security coverage”, a police spokesman in the state, Sanusi Abubakar, said.
Reacting to the sad incident, President Buhari said, the case demands an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.
The president who made his feelings known in a statement issued on Friday by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern.
He noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalam, 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 into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem.”
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 Sokoto State Government and urged religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.
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.