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Alleged Blasphemy: Buhari Condemns Killing Of Female Student


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned 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, the Prophet of Islam last Thursday.

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.

A statement issued yesterday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said 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.

According to Buhari, religious leaders preach that it was 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.

He stated that, “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,”



Buhari also directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs and that of Communications and Digital Economy to work with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) providers and Tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.

The President extended condolences to the family of the deceased student and wished all those injured 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.

The President 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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