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Reports reaching the desk of Africa Daily News, New York have shown that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet are yet to comment on the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State.
In a sad turn of events, Deborah Samuel a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education was burnt alive by her colleagues on Thursday.
She was accused of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). A controversial voice note she had sent to a WhatsApp group and the replies she got are trending were what sparked the outrage.
The Police confirmed they got a report of the riot at about 9 am. Two suspects have been arrested.
More than 24 hours after the incident, President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Federal Government are yet to make any comment.
This is despite press releases about Buhari and Osinbajo from their spokespersons.
As of 1:30 pm on Friday, the presidency had issued four statements, with none about Deborah’s killing.
The releases were about President Buhari bidding farewell to outgoing ministers; his meeting with Albino Mathom Ayuel, envoy of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Others include a recap of Buhari’s visit to Abidjan in Cote D’Ivoire last week and Osinbajo’s consultations with the All Progressives Congress (APC) across states. Nigerians on and off social media are outraged by the silence of the country’s leadership.
Earlier, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar deleted a Twitter post which condemned the lynching. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant claimed he didn’t authorise it.