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Blasphemy: Niger Gov calls for calm

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

The Niger State Government has appealed for calm in the state in the wake of disturbances and tension in some parts of the North, following the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto on an allegation of blasphemy.

In a statement by Mary Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Abubakar Bello, the State Government says peaceful coexistence in a plural society like Nigeria, is the prime condition for growth and development. 

The Statement admonishes all residents of the state to be accommodating and tolerant of our religious and cultural diversities so as to make the society safe for all.

Governor Abubakar Bello who is also Chairman North Central Governors Forum NCGF in the statement appeals to traditional, community, religious and opinion leaders to refrain from making inflammatory statements and encourage their constituencies to continue to be law-abiding.

The statement commiserates with the family of the deceased and directed the police and other security agencies in the state to deal decisively with any individual or groups, who attempt to exploit the current situation to foment trouble. 

Writing by Olayemi Daniyan, Editing by Abdullahi Lamino