President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the mob’s use of self-help in Sokoto, which he observed 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.
In a statement issued Friday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), the President expressed concern about the killing of the young lady by fellow students and demanded an impartial, extensive investigation into everything that happened before and during the incident.
The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW), but when transgressions occur, as is alleged in this case, the law prohibits anyone from intervening.
Furthermore, religious leaders preach that it is not for the believer to judge the actions of another person, according to the statement. When such issues arise, the established authority must be given the authority to deal with them.
“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,” said the President.
Sokoto Student Killed; Buhari warns against false and inflammatory information on social media.
President Buhari has also directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, Communications, and Digital Economy to collaborate with GSM providers and technology companies to combat the spread of false and inflammatory information on social media.
He expressed the nation’s condolences to the family of the deceased student and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
He praised the government’s prompt response to the incident and urged religious and community leaders to remind citizens of the importance of exercising their right to free expression responsibly.
While the investigation is underway to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident, President Buhari has called for restrained media comments and general calm.