The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has responded to questions regarding the stoning and setting ablaze of a student of Shehu Shagari College of Educaton Sokoto, Deborah Yakubu early this year.
He gave his perspective on the gruesome murder of Deborah on Sunday night during a live discussion on People’s Townhall, organized by Channels Television and its partners.
Atiku said he deleted his initial tweet on the murder of the student because he did not approve the tweet. The Christian student was lynched in May for alleged blasphemy.
Atiku’ tweet condemning the killing of Deborah was greeted with stark criticisms but the PDP presidential candidate said he condemned the murder of the student in “subsequent statements”.
“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,” the former Vice President said.