Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has come under fire for deleting social media posts condemning the killing of Deborah Samuel by Islamic extremists in her Sokoto State school.
After condemning the killing, Atiku, a Muslim, quickly deleted it after being threatened by some Muslim fanatics who said they would no longer vote for him in the 2023 election.
Atiku has not yet won his party’s presidential nomination, the Peoples Democratic Party, but he appears certain he will and does not appear willing to sacrifice the votes of his extremist Muslim brethren as a result of Deborah’s death.
For this reason, he had to reportedly debunked his initial condemnation of the gruesome killing of the student by Islamists who set her on fire and watched her burn to death.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) stated that Atiku has a terrible record of not intervening when Christians are killed by his kinsmen, but he hopes to win Christian votes as he seeks the opposition PDP ticket to become their Presidential candidate this month.
According to DAILY POST, HURIWA dismissed the former Vice President as someone who lacks principles and is perpetually afraid of Islamic fundamentalists, creating the image of himself as a Moslem bigot in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and made available to on Friday.
“Atiku Abubakar denied ever condemning the killing of the young Christian girl, Deborah in Sokoto because Islamists threatened him on his Facebook and Twitter not to cast their VOTES for him,” HURIWA said.
“Let us ask Atiku Abubakar, if your daughter is at this receiving end of this barbaric murder, will you prefer the so-called votes of the lawless Islamists or will you stand by the Nigerian Constitution which in Section 36(5) guarantees fair hearing to all accused persons and Section 6 which concedes judicial power of the federation to the courts of competent jurisdiction?
“We ask President Muhammadu Buhari, if one of your daughters is the one treated like a chicken, will you maintain conspiratorial silence as if you are not on this planet with us?”