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Alleged Blasphemy: Buhari orders probe of Christian student killing in Sokoto

Buhari demands a probe into the alleged blasphemy of a Christian student killed in Sokoto.

Buhari, President of Nigeria
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Following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam, on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemned the mob’s resort to self-help in Sokoto, which resulted in violence, destruction, and the death of Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.

President Buhari said the news of the young lady’s murder by fellow students was concerning and urged an impartial, thorough investigation into everything that occurred before and during the tragedy.

In a statement released by Mallam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, “noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, particularly Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad” (SAW).

“However, where violations occur, as is believed to be the case in this case, the law prohibits anyone from intervening.

“Moreover, religious leaders emphasize that believers should not pass judgment on the behavior of others. When such issues develop, the established authority must be given the authority to deal with them.

“No one in our country has the right to take the law into their own hands.” “No problem has ever been solved by violence,” stated the President.

President Buhari has also asked the Ministries of Material and Culture, Police Affairs, and Communications and Digital Economy to collaborate with GSM carriers and tech firms to combat the propagation of false and inflammatory information on social media.

The President expressed the nation’s sympathies to the family of the deceased student and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.

He praised the Sokoto State Government’s quick response to the situation and urged religious and community leaders to educate individuals about the importance of exercising their right to free expression properly.

While the investigation is underway to determine the remote and proximate causes of the incident, President Buhari has called for restrained media remarks and public calm.

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