The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of the female student, Deborah Samuel in Sokoto. According to a statement released on Facebook, the president said n person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country.
I strongly condemn the resort to self-help bythe mob in Sokoto, resulting in violence, destruction and in the very tragic killing of Deborah Samuel, following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam.
The news of the killing of the young lady byfellow students is a matter of great concern, and there must be an impartial and extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.
Indeed, 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 own hands.
Also, 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 never and will never solve any problem.
I commend the immediate response to the incident the Sokoto State Government, and urge religious and community leaders to call the attention of citizens to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.
At this time we must emphasize the news for tempered comments the media, and calm among the general population, while investigation is ongoing to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident.
The Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, and Communications and Digital Economy have been directed to work with GSM providers and Tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.
Once again, my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased student, Deborah Samuel.