Admin l Friday, May 13, 2022
SOKOTO, Nigeria – Bishop of Anglican Diocease, Sokoto, Most Rev. Mathew Kukah has condemned in strong terms the pelting and eventual burning of Deborah Yakubu, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over what the students described as blasphemy.
According to Tribune, the deceased lady was said to be having an arguments with colleagues over their examination and was asked how she managed to pass.
Deborah Yakubu reportedly said it was Jesus. She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise but she refused and utterance was interpreted as blasphemy.
In a statement, Kukah who said he received the news with deep shock called on authority to investigate the tragedy and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book.
“The only obligation that is owed her immediate family, her fellow students and the school authorities is the assurance that those who are guilty are guilty of this of this inhuman act, no matter their motivation are punished according to the extant laws of the land”, he said.
Kukah said this gruesome murder has nothing to do with religion and that Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours in Sokoto over the years.
“This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take its cause”, he said.
Kukah spoke just as the Sokoto State Governor has ordered closure of the school and directed relevant security agencies to commence investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the incident and report to government.
Governor of the State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal also appealed to residents of the state to remain calm and that the government will take actions on the findings.
In a statement, the Sultanate Council condemned the incident in its totality and called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the “unjustifiable incident to justice”, the Sultanate said in a statement signed by Sa’Idu Muhammad Maccido, Danburam Sokoto, Secretary Sultanate Council, Sokoto.