Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has addressed the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto by her classmates for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.
The incident had happened on Thursday, following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. The news has since taken over the internet with many asking for immediate actions and arrest.
Following days of calls and petition for government to look into the matter, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has finally addressed the issue, describing the unfortunate incident as ”deeply distressing and very disturbing”.
The Vice President said it is worthy of note that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto had condemned the incident.
“Let me say that, first, the president has reacted to this, in a statement which was issued earlier condemning the action.
“I must say that it’s a deeply distressing thing, very disturbing – such an atrocious killing of the young lady by a mob who took the law into their own hands; I think it’s very unfortunate.
“The swift reaction of the Sokoto State Government and also the Sultan of Sokoto is highly commendable.
“I think that their swift reaction to the situation clearly demonstrate the outrage of millions of Nigerians and also the desire of everyone to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly apprehended and prosecuted.”
“We must express our condolence to the family of the young lady Deborah Samuel. I can’t imagine how her parents, siblings, and members of her family feel, not just about her death, but the very horrendous nature of its occurrence.
“It is very sad indeed, and I extend our sincere condolences to them. I ask that the Almighty will comfort them at this time”.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has also condemned the gruesome murder of Deborah. Part of the statement from the General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, reads:
“The unlawful and dastardly action of the perpetrators must not only be condemned by all right-thinking people but the security operatives must fish them out, prosecute them as it is expected of them.”
CAN further commended the swift reaction of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar who condemned the criminal action and called on the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Sokoto State Police Command, on Thursday, has confirmed the arrest of two students suspected to be involved in Deborah’s death. Both the President, Vice President and the Christian Association of Nigeria has called on the Sokoto state government and security agencies to ensure the prosecution of the culprits.