Blasphemy: Dele Momodu condemns lynching of Sokoto female student Deborah Samuel

Dele Momodu

Presidential aspirant Dele Momodu on Friday condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

The Christian student, it was gathered, described a religious message about the prophet posted on a WhatsApp group operated by her class as ‘nonsense’, adding that the group was created for academic purposes only.

Her death has since stirred outrage from the general public.

Mr Momodu, who recently visited Sokoto, called for justice for late Samuel in an Instagram post.

“My full names are JOSEPH AYOBAMI DELE ABAYOMI OJUTELEGAN AJANI JACOB-MOMODU… I have stated this deliberately because of the unfortunate religious intolerance, and the conflagration, that has just occurred in Sokoto, a beautiful city I departed just days ago,” he began.

“The bizzare killing of Ms DEBORAH SAMUEL, a student of the College of Education, Sokoto, for whatever reason is unjustifiable, condemnable and absolutely punishable!!”

Preaching religious tolerance, the chairman of Ovation Media Group added that he carries his surname Momodu with pride.

“I’m privileged to have had grandparents who were Muslims and parents who were Christians. I carry my surname of MOMODU very proudly and that is the name of our great prophet of peace. No man or woman has the right to summarily terminate life. May DEBORAH’s soul rest in peace,” he said.

Momodu’s statement comes amid attacks on another presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar for deleting posts on his social media pages which condemned the incident.

Atiku, a former vice president, said he did not authorise the posts.