President Buhari speaks over burning of Student alive, demands probe
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday strongly condemned the mob’s resort to self-help in Sokoto, which resulted in violence, destruction, and the death of Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam on Thursday.
The news of the young lady’s murder by fellow students alarmed President Buhari, who ordered an unbiased, thorough investigation into everything that happened before and during the tragedy.
In a statement released by Mallam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, “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,” said the President.
President Buhari has also asked the Ministries of Material and Culture, Police Affairs, and Communications and Digital Economy to collaborate with GSM carriers and tech firms to combat the propagation of false and inflammatory information on social media.
The President expressed the nation’s sympathies to the family of the deceased student and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
He praised the Sokoto State Government’s quick response to the situation and urged religious and community leaders to educate individuals about the importance of exercising their right to freedom of expression properly.
While the investigation is underway to determine the remote and proximate causes of the incident, President Buhari has called for restrained media remarks and public calm.