Nigerians are demanding for justice for a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State identified as Deborah, who was lynched for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn her death and have asked for swift response by the government of the state and the federal government stressing that we do not run a sharia law in the country.
Deborah’s life was cut short on Thursday in the school premises for “insulting” prophet Mohammed during a tense argument with her colleagues on their departmental WhatsApp group.
A Deltan politician, Victor Enebeli condemned the act and accused the government of enabling such barbarism. “Till now, no one has been arrested. Is that not an indication that the government is in support of these barbaric humans? May God help Nigeria,” he prayed.
Founder of Foundation for Investigative Journalism, Fisayo Soyombo, who reacted to the incident through his Facebook account said, “Your Prophet is really that helpless that you had to kill on his behalf because someone said something bad about him? There’s no way this is religion. This is barbarism taken too far!”
“Dem no dey blaspheme for South? Abi southern Muslims no dey read Hadith? Why always northern Muslims?” Petra Onyegbule, former Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor inquired.
Meanwhile, a presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar Atiku initially condemned the act and called for investigation into the case. He, however, deleted his tweet after a series of threats against him and his political ambition by some northern youths.
The former Vice President in a message on his verified Hausa page said he was not the originator of the tweet, he said “the post does not agree with my order.”
Popular skitmaker, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni called on Governor Aminu Tambawul to make sure that justice is served in the case.
He said, “This is what happens when there are no consequences for actions in the society. The government must wake up from their slumber!
“Justice must be served!!! And it must be swiftly done!! If not, we would be enabling a society wherein religious extremists take law into their hand, kill and destroy. These acts should be highly condemned lest we add more tension and Chaos to a society already on the edge!!”
Reno Omokri, a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan advised people to stop the attack on Islam stressing that the perpetrators are to blame.
He said, “Deborah’s murder over alleged blasphemy is condemnable. However, do not get carried away. Mind your utterances. Let us blame the perpetrators, not Muslims and Northerners. There are good and bad people in every religion and region. Face the bad people, not their religion or region.”