Why I Deleted Tweet Condemning Deborah’s Murder – Atiku

The late Deborah

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic party, Atiku Abubakar, has defended himself for deleting a tweet where he condemned the murder of Deborah Yakubu, a christian student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State.

Recall that the former vice president cane under heavy criticism for deleting his tweet where he condemned the gruesome killing of the 200-level Home Economics student by some Muslim students in the school for alleged blasphemy on a WhatsApp platform.

The following day on May 13, Atiku, in a post on his verified tweeter handle, condemned the incident and called for the arrest of those behind the gruesome murder.

Speaking on Sunday night during a Town Hall meeting on Channels Television, Atiku said he deleted the initial tweet because it didn’t get the necessary approval from him before it was posted.

Atiku added that he later condemned the killing in subsequent statements because it was outside the teachings of Islam.

He said, “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.”


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