President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent in the unfortunate killing and roasting of a female student accused of blasphemy in Sokoto State Friday morning.
Identified as Deborah, the deceased, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was assaulted, stoned to death before her remains was roasted by angry mob over an alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Mohammad adored by Muslims.
In a trending audio clip heard by TODAY POLITICS, she complained bitterly and reminded her colleagues that their department’s WhatsApp group, where she made the alleged disparaging remarks, was created solely for academic purposes and not for the influx of religious contents.
“Holy ghost fire, nothing would happen to me,” the 200 level Home-Economics student who spoke using local language said while rebuking attacks on the social media platform. “Is it by force you guys keep sending these religious messages in our group? Our group wasn’t created for that, but rather as a notice for when there’s a test, assignment, examinations, etc. Not these nonsense religious posts,”
Like his principal, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, remained mute, twenty-four hours after the incident condemned by many. Laolu Akande, an aide of the All Progressive Congress (APC) aspirant, did not return request seeking comment.
Similarly, presidential spokesmen, Messrs Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu did not answer calls placed to their known telephone numbers or respond to messages Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deleted posts he made on his verified social media accounts condemning the mob action.
“There can not be a justification for such gruesome murder,” Mr Abubakar said in the now-deleted post. “Deborah Yakubu was murdered, and all those behind her death must be brought to justice. My condolences to her family and friends.”
Although, no reason was given for the pulling down of the condemnation replicated on Facebook and Twitter, it might not be unconnected to threats by religious fanatics to withdraw their support for his presidential ambition, some of which are captured in the screenshot reproduced below.