Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, has given an explanation for why he deleted his tweet condemning the lynching of Deborah Samuel, a female student in Sokoto, for suspected blasphemy.
In May 2022, a mob allegedly stoned and set Deborah, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, on fire for allegedly blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.
Atiku posted at the time on Twitter to condemn the murder and demand that those responsible be brought to justice, but the tweet was quickly deleted.
When questioned why he removed the tweet condemning the murder during a Channels TV interview, Atiku responded that he had ordered its removal since he hadn’t given the post his prior approval.
However, he claimed that in subsequent posts, he had condemned Deborah’s murder.
He said ;
“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.”
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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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