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  • Updated: December 12, 2022

2023: Why I Deleted Tweet On Deborah Samuel — Atiku

The presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has revealed why he deleted his tweet condemning the killing of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah was a student of Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State who was stoned to death and set ablaze for alleged blasphemy.

Atiku had received criticisms from Nigerians when his tweet condemning the tragedy had been deleted.

The backlash had continued even after he distanced himself from the social media post.

The late Deborah Samuel

Addressing the issue at The People’s Townhall on Channels Television in Abuja on Sunday, the former vice president stated that he had condemned the murder of the student in a subsequent statement.

According to him, he never approved of the tweet condemning Deborah's killing.

“I asked the tweet to be deleted because I normally approve every tweet. So, since I didn’t approve it, I said, ‘delete it’. If you read my subsequent statements on that murder, I condemned it.

“There is nowhere it is said or it is an injunction in the Islamic faith that you can go and take somebody’s life, nowhere, it has to be through due process", he stated.

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