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Blasphemy: Outrage As Atiku Deletes Facebook, Twitter Posts Condeming Killing Of Sokoto Student Following Threats Against Presidential Ambition

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Blasphemy: Outrage As Atiku Deletes Facebook, Twitter Posts Condeming Killing Of Sokoto Student Following Threats Against Presidential AmbitionPresidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakarhas deleted posts he shared on his Facebook and Twitter pages condemning the brutal killing of Christian student, Deboral Samuel, by a mob in Sokoto state over alleged blasphemy.

Samuel, who was a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was stoned to death and set ablaze in the school premises for allegedly making unflattering comments about Prophet Muhammad.

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A gory image and video clips of the incident on Thursday, May 12, caused stirs on social media as Nigerians took sides based on religious beliefs and personal convictions.

Amid the outrage against the killing, Atiku, who is a Muslim running for President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, also took to his social media pages to condemn the action.

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Taking to his Twitter and Facebook page, he said;

There cannot be a justification for such gruesome murder. Deborah Yakubu was murdered and all those behind her death must be brought to justice. My condolences to her family and friends.

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However, the former Vice-President came under threats from some Muslim northerners on both platforms, who threatened not to vote for him if he emerges as the Presidential candidate of the PDP.

The politician who shared the posts around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday May 12, deleted them less than an hour later after.

Some of the critics of the former VP’s position on the matter called him unprintable names for not supporting the punishment for blasphemy as preached by Islam; a religion he identifies with.

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In his reaction, Atiku later deleted the tweet amid the threats.

Also on Facebook, the former Vice President in a message on his verified Hausa page distanced himself from the message.

He stated that any message on social media that did not come with the initials “A. A.” were not his.

Atiku wrote in Hausa language;

This evening I received information that a post was made that doesn’t agree with my orders. I use this to announce that any post without A. A. is not from me. May God protect us.


The former vice president’s actions have since earned him the derision of most Nigerians, who accused him of always chickening out when the going gets tough, an action they termed ‘unpresidential’.

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