Former Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Seriake Dickson has condemned in strong terms the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.
Deborah Samuel, was last week Thursday, May 12, lynched by a mob with her corpse burnt for alleged blasphemy.
Dickson in a statement on Tuesday, described the killing of Miss Deborah as barbaric, unacceptable and against the laws of Nigeria.
He called on all relevant authorities to take action on the matter and also urged those who are in positions of authority and leadership or aspiring to lead to condemn the act and take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to book.
He said: “I call on all Nigerians in positions of authority to condemn in the strongest possible terms, the grisly murder of Miss Deborah Samuel by extremists on Thursday in Sokoto.
“All those who are in positions of authority and those aspiring to lead this country, should clearly aind unequivocally condemn this unacceptable act and call for appropriate measures to be taken to bring the perpetrators to book”.
Senator Dickson commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Sheik Gumi and other prominent Islamic figures who have come out to condemn the incident and thanked Governor Aminu Tambuwal for the proactive security measures he has instituted to prevent degeneration and escalation.
“I commend His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sheik Gumi and other prominent Islamic figures for their clear condemnation of the incident. I also commend my brother and friend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal for the proactive security measures he has instituted to prevent a degeneration and escalation.”
He sent his condolence to the family of the deceased while sympathising with those who lost their properties and sustained injuries in the cause of the protest.
Dickson commended the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Kukah and other Christians for ensuring that there is no reprisal action while calling on Nigerians to respect each other’s religion and unite against religious extremism as Nigeria is a multicultural and multi-ethnic nation.
“I commend Bishop Kukah and other Christian leaders for ensuring that there were no reprisal actions. It is good to note that the Lord Bishop is safe and well after the averted threats to his residence and the cathedral.
“I call on Nigerians to respect the religious sensibilities of each other and they should unite against extremism in all religions as we are a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation”, he said.