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Buhari condemns Sokoto college female student’s killing, sympathies with family

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of a 200-Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, by her colleague, and sympathised with the family over the loss that occurred following an allegation that she had blasphemed Prophet Muhammad during their discussion on the school’s Whatsapp platform.

Buhari, meanwhile, has directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, as well as Communications and Digital Economy, and Police Affairs, to work with mobile network providers and Tech companies to curtail further spread of false and inflammatory information through all social media platforms across the country.

The president, who expressed his dissatisfaction against the act on Friday, said that the news of killing the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern and that all Sokoto state government and security agencies should ensure impartiality, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident that resulted into Deborah’s death.

Buhari, on Friday, noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Jesus and Muhammad 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.

In a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President stated that anyone angered by the actions of other citizen, rather than embark on jungle justice.

According to him, the constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise because it is not for anyone that believe in God to judge the actions of another person.

“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”.

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