Blasphemy: Atiku distance self from tweet condemning lynching of Sokoto student
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Atiku Abubakar, a presidential hopeful has distanced himself from a tweet condemning the lynching of Deborah Samuel, a Christian 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, who was killed for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
Atiku who is running for Presidency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, took to Twitter to condemn the action of the mob, “There cannot 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.”
It was gathered that the former Vice-President, came under threats from some Muslim northerners who threatened not to vote for him if he emerges as the Presidential candidate of the PDP.
Atiku however deleted the tweet amid the threats.
While on Facebook, the former Vice President in a message on his verified Hausa page distanced himself from the message.
He also stated that any message on social media that did not come with the initials “A. A.” was not his.
“This evening I received information that a post was made that doesn’t agree with my orders. I use this to announce that any post without A. A. is not from me. May God protect us,” he wrote in Hausa language.
The deleted tweet by Atiku has caused an uproar on social media as he is now trending at number one on Twitter.