The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been blasted on social media after he shared a statement condemning the killing of a Germany-based Nigerian, Abdulsamad Lawani, months after he deleted a post condemning the killing of a Nigerian student, Deborah Samuel by religious fanatics in Sokoto.
Atiku shared a terse statement via Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday condemning the killing of Lawani and demanding justice in the matter.
“It is with deep pain that I learnt of the gruesome murder of a young Nigerian in Germany, Abdulsamad Lawani.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and the Diaspora at this time of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” the former vice president said.
However, many Nigerians took to the comment section of Atiku’s post on the two platforms to blast him for having the effrontery to condemn killing in a faraway land having failed to condemn the killing of a student, Deborah Samuel, for alleged blasphemy in Sokoto.
Recall that on May 12, 2022, Deborah Samuel, a Christian, was stoned to death before being set ablaze by a mob at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto for allegedly posting a blasphemous statement against Prophet Mohammed.
The gruesome killing sent shock waves across the nation after videos of the incident made it to social media.
Many prominent Nigerians also condemned the killing.
Atiku’s social media pages also shared a statement condemning the killing but the posts were soon deleted.
Atiku was severely trolled on social media after the statement, which he claimed did not get his approval, was deleted.
Many of those who condemned the former vice president for deleting the post accused him of pandering to murderous religious fanatics in the North for the sake of his political ambition.
After he shared the statement on Lawani’s killing, some commentators blasted him for the previous year’s incident.
Read comments below:
Lino Ekpenyong wrote, “How about Deborah? Charity begins at home sir.”
Ifeanyi Nwafor wrote, “You can Approve this one because it happens in a foreign land but the one in your land you want to rule you couldn’t. Unifier under our feet.”