Atiku explains why he deleted tweet condemning murder of Deborah for alleged blasphemy (Video)
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has explained why he ordered the deletion of the tweet condemning the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy.
A mob killed Deborah over alleged blasphemy in May 2022. Videos of the late student being stoned and beaten with sticks were shared on social media.
Her killing sparked outrage across the country, with Nigerians asking the government to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.
Reacting to the criticism the deletion of the tweet condemning the killing ignited, Atiku said he ordered it because he didn’t approve it before it was sent out.
According to the presidential candidate, he approves every tweet published on his handle but didn’t approve that of Deborah. He further claimed that subsequent statements he put out condemned the student’s murder.
“I asked the tweet to be deleted because I normally approve every tweet. So, since I didn’t approve it, I said, ‘delete it’. If you read my subsequent statements on that murder, I condemned it.
“There is nowhere it is said or it is an injunction in the Islamic faith that you can go and take somebody’s life, nowhere, it has to be through due process.”
Why did you delete your tweet about Deborah's murder?
Atiku Abubakar gives his answer below: #CTVTweets#ThePeoplesTownHall#NigeriaDecides2023 pic.twitter.com/Bi9IYTmwgg
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