The assassination of a female student, Deborah Samuel of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Sokoto State, has been strongly condemned by Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-political organisation.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the group denounced the incident as “the unprovoked and unlawful killing of a girl student by her school colleagues for supposed blasphemy,” calling the conduct barbarous.
Throughout a statement, the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, noted that actions verging on religious intolerance have been occurring in the North, resulting in the loss of lives and property.
According to the statement, the activity occurs frequently in the region as a result of the state’s failure to take harsh measures against those who commit such acts.
Deborah’s death, according to the statement, should serve as a wake-up call to put an end to faith-based killings in the United States.
It praised Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s efforts in cancelling his presidential campaign meeting in Abuja and rushing to Sokoto to deal with the crisis.
The group urged authorities to go beyond platitudes and ensure that all those responsible for the heinous crime are brought to justice.
It also urged authorities to take quick action to prevent similar occurrences from occurring in the future.
The group went on to say that no one can fight for God, and that the greatest thing to do is preach, evangelise, and spread the gospel, rather than coerce or kill others to force them to accept one’s own religion.