Former Vice President and 2023 presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar has come under attack on social media over a comment on the killing of a Christian female students at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State.
Naija News had reported earlier that a young lady identified as Deborah was lynched and set ablaze by her Muslim colleagues for allegedly insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
A gory image and video clip of the incident on Thursday caused stirs on social media as netizens took sides based on religious beliefs and personal convictions.
Naija News understands that only a few government officials, especially from the north, have yet condemned the incident.
However, Atiku who is hoping to become next Nigeria’s president under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has taken to Twitter to condemn the barbaric act.
The presidential aspirant said: “There can not be a justification for such gruesome murder.
“Deborah Yakubu was murdered, and all those behind her death must be brought to justice. My condolences to her family and friends.”
Atiku’s reaction to Deborah’s killing has, however, generated a barrage of reactions on social media as some believe his response was just to seek the acceptance of the southerners on his presidential bid.
Some of the critics of the former VP’s position on the matter called him unprinted names for not supporting the punishment for blasphemy as preached by Islam.
See some of the tweeps against Atiku below:
The above tweet says: “Wallahi Atiku you have lost and Insha Allah you will not become Nigeria’s president. You are a hypocrite.”
“The prophet of Allah was insulted, Allah’s favourite and most loved was insulted and you never display rage. But an infidel that insulted Allah was killed and you are angry. Well done hypocrite.
“What the students did was a mistake, but the lady’s punishment by the law was still death,” the above tweep tweeted in the Hausa language.
Meanwhile, one [@Leo_Raph_] commended Atiku’s courage but was curious to know Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s take on the incident.
He tweeted: ” You’ve spoken even though we don’t know your takes on this, because they’re your brothers. But I’m patiently waiting for Mr Osinbajo say his own. Ire o”
Other netizens are however saying: