President Muhammadu Buhari has finally spoken about the murder of Deborah Yakubu, whose life was taken by Muslim fanatics who accused her of blasphemy.
The President, a core Muslim, is speaking days after the incident occurred.
Through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari condemned the killing, saying no religion teaches her members to take law into their hands.
“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, resulting in violence, destruction and killing of a second year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam, on Thursday.
“President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.
“The President noted that 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 hands.
“Moreover, 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,” the statement said.
According to the President, “no person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem.”