14th May, 2022
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has condemned the lynching of a second year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy.
Afenifere, on Friday, condemned in very strong terms, the unprovoked and unwarranted killing of Miss Deborah Samuel while describing the act as barbaric.
Afenifere, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi said that actions bordering on religious intolerance have been occurring so much, particularly in the north.
The Yoruba body observed that the failure of the state to take drastic actions against the perpetrators of such acts was what was making it happen often and again.
“This Deborah tragedy must be used as a cue to put a permanent stop to faith-induced murder in our land,” it said.
Afenifere commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for terminating his meeting in Abuja and rushing to Sokoto over the incident.
It, however, called on the authorities to “go beyond platitudes by ensuring that all the perpetrators of the evil act are brought to book. And to take measures to prevent a re-occurrence of such incidents in our midst.”
It said “no one can ‘fight for God’ in such a bestial manner. The best one could do is to preach, evangelise and spread the gospel and not to coerce or kill for the purpose of forcing others to embrace one’s own religion.”