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Blasphemy: Buhari, Kukah, Sultan call for calm in Sokoto

Miss Deborah Samuel 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the mob killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, who was said to have blasphemed the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, upon whom be peace.

In a statement, President Buhari says the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern, stressing that he demands an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

The President notes that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Jesus Christ and Muhammad, peace be upon them, but that where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

The statement says moreover, religious leaders preach that only constituted authorities have jurisdiction to deal with such matters when they arise.

President Buhari also directs the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs and that of Communications and Digital Economy to work with GSM providers and tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.

The President extends the nation’s condolences to the family of the deceased student, wishing those injured a quick recovery.

The President commends the immediate response to the incident by the Sokoto State Government while urging religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.

President Buhari calls for tampered comments by the media and calms the citizenry while the investigation is ongoing to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

Reverend father Mathew Kukah and Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Saad Abubakar.

Meanwhile, Clerics have called on Nigerians to remain calm and to avoid any action that might ignite civil unrest in the country.

The leaders made the call in a response to the incident that led to the loss of life of a female student, Deborah Samuel at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto state.

The tragedy occurred following an alleged comment made by the female student.

The clerics Reverend father Mathew Kukah and Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Saad Abubakar called on the authorities to arrest and punished the culprit in accordance with the extant laws of the country.

In a statement signed by the secretary of the Sultanate Council, Saidu Maccido said the Sultanate Council has learned with dismay the unfortunate happening and urged Muslims to also remain calm as the authorities concerned are currently working to ensure Justice is done.

At a news gathering, Commissioner for Information, Isa Bajini Galadanchi, said Governor Aminu Tambuwal had already directed a full investigation into the matter in a bid to avoid civil unrest in the state.

Galadanchi added that the government had directed the immediate closure of the institutions to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the state.

Writing by Abdullah Bello and additional story by Nasir Malali; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino, Tina Oyesun