Sultan, Tambuwal, Kukah, others condemn killing of student accused of blasphemy

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, have condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy.

The second level student was said to have made the blasphemous comment in a student’s WhatsApp group.

It was said that somebody posted a religious thing on the platform and while criticising his action, Deborah allegedly made a blasphemous statement against Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

In his reaction, the monarch, in a statement by the secretary of the Sultanate Council, called for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.

He urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among the people of the state and the nation.

Also, Kukah, who condemned the killing, said it had nothing to do with religion.

In a statement issued in Sokoto, Kukah said Muslims and Christians had lived together peacefully for a long time.

He described those behind the barbaric act as criminals.

“This has nothing to do with Religion. Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours here in Sokoto over the years. This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take its cause,” he said

Meanwhile, Popular comedian and activist Mr Macaroni expressed displeasure over the recent development.

He said “This is what happens when there are no consequences for actions in the society. The government must wake up from their slumber!!

“Justice must be served!!! And it must be swiftly done!! If not, we would be enabling a society wherein religious extremists take the law into their hands, kill and destroy.

“These acts should be highly condemned lest we add more tension and Chaos to a society already on the edge!!!

“Governor @AWTambuwal, this is happening in your state!!! Issues like this should be swiftly addressed. Nigerians already have it hard!!”

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