A former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Sam Amadi, has lamented that nobody has been prosecuted for the murder of Deborah Samuel.
Samuel, a Christian girl, was murdered by angry Muslim youths in the north on the allegation that she blasphemed thewir religion.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, Amadi lamented that the Nigerian system continued to appease religious fundamentalists.
He wrote, “Nobody has been arrested and prosecuted for the murder of Deborah. Nobody will. This is because Nigeria is managed as a theocratic neo-feudal state. Nigeria’s path to development passes through dismantling the religious construction of the foundation of the Nigerian state. All through, Nigeria has continued to appease religious fundamentalists.”
He further lamented that nothing had been done by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, concerning Samuel’s situation.
Amadi added, “Neither the IGP nor Governor Tambuwal has done anything to arrest and prosecute those who killed Deborah because if we do so, we annoy some crazy religious fundamentalists, who may be crazy fellows. The backlash of such annoyance will be politically costly.
“Nigeria is trapped in backwardness of undue intermingling with religion. As long as it continues on this part, it cannot be a coherent modern democratic state.”
Why I deleted tweet condemning Deborah Samuel’s murder – Atiku
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed why he deleted a tweet condemning the murder of Samuel.
Following Deborah’s murder, a tweet on his verified page read, “There cannot be a justification for such gruesome murder. Deborah Yakubu was murdered and all those behind her death must be brought to justice. My condolences to her family and friends.”
However, the tweet was met with angry responses from northern Muslim youths who threatened his presidential ambition for siding against his Islamic faith.
This forced the former vice president to delete the tweet.
Fielding questions on Sunday when he appeared on Channels Television’s presidential town hall meeting, Atiku said he deleted the tweet because it was not approved by him/
He said, “I asked the tweet to be deleted because I normally approve every tweet and since I did not approve the tweet, I asked them to delete it. If you read my subsequent statement on that murder, I condemned it.”