Sokoto, 23 May, 2022 / 6:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The Rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris in France has condemned the stoning and murder, of Deborah Yakubu, describing the May 12 incident as one of the heinous crimes that joins "a series of anti-Christian acts" in Nigeria.
In a statement obtained by ACI Africa, Chems-eddine Mohamed Hafiz says the Grand Mosque of Paris "expresses its deepest emotion after the murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu" who was allegedly stoned and murdered by her male Muslim colleagues for reportedly testifying that Jesus Christ helped her to perform well in her examination.
Various media accounts have indicated that Deborah, an Economics student at the Sokoto College, allegedly had an argument with fellow students in a WhatsApp group and the Muslim students among them claimed that she had made blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad.
The argument on WhatsApp reportedly took place during the Muslim month of Ramadan when the College was on break. When they reportedly saw Deborah at College on Thursday, May 12, all available Muslim male students allegedly surrounded her and started stoning her until she fell. They reportedly made sure she died and subsequently set her body ablaze.
“This heinous crime, of unspeakable brutality and cowardice, condemned by the local Muslim religious authorities, unfortunately joins a series of anti-Christian acts in the country and has itself led to further violence which all voices must address,” Mr. Hafiz says in his one-page statement.