It is now known that Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and Presidential aspirant of the PDP may not be a man of great courage as many in Nigeria previously thought.
Atiku had reacted speedily to the death of the female student killed in Sokoto, saying the act committed at the Shehu Shagari College of Education was uncalled for .
“There cannot be a justification for such gruesome murder”, Atiku said on Twitter, “Deborah Yakubu was murdered, and all those behind her death must be brought to justice.”
The former Vice President was not alone in issuing an outright condemnation of the act, which has sparked off national and global reactions.
The British Government as well as other well meaning persons in and outside Nigeria have seriously condemned the killing.
The ovation trailing Atiku’s public reaction on social media had barely died down when the unusual happened.
In a move which has come as a rude shock, particularly to rights activists and Atiku’s admirers across the country, the presidential aspirant reportedly pulled down his posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Many Nigerians, including Christians are suggesting at this time that the Adamawa – born politician may not be trusted to hold the nation together if he is elected President.
Saving his presidential bid which has come under attack from persons who are viewed as fanatics, some say, influenced the hasty action of the former Vice President.
Any reference to Prophet Muhammad in any way considered inimical is a taboo in the Muslim world.
The punishment is usually death by stoning.
What Deborah said about Islam or its founder may never be known, but she has paid the supreme price in the hands of her fellow students enraged by her alleged comment.
She was set ablaze after stones were targeted at her by an angry mob which allegedly overwhelmed security men in the institution who attempted to protect her life.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has ordered an investigation into the incident.
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