Blasphemy: Kukah Says Murder Of Female Student Has Nothing To Do With Religion

Bishop Matthew Kukah

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has condemned the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto by a mob over alleged blasphemy.

In a statement issued in Sokoto, Kukah said the killing was a criminal act and should be treated as such.

He noted that Muslims and Christians had lived together peacefully for a long time in the state.

“I have received with deep shock the news of the tragedy that has occurred in the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, leading to the gruesome murder of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level Home Economics Student today.

“We condemn this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book. The only obligation that is owed her immediate family, her fellow students, and the school authorities is the assurance that those who are guilty of this inhuman act, no matter their motivation, are punished according to the extant laws of our land.

“This has nothing to do with Religion. Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours here in Sokoto over the years. This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take its cause,” he said

Kukah called on Christians in the state to remain calm and to allow the law to handle the matter.

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