The Pan Yoruba Group, Afenifere has condemned the lynching of Deborah Samuel, the year two student of Shehu Sagari College of Education.
Deborah was lynched on Wednesday May 11 after she reportedly sent a blasphemous message on her class Whatsapp group, asking her classmates to stop posting religious messages on the group.
Reacting to the manner and reason she was brutally killed, the Pan Yoruba group described the act as barbaric. The reaction was contained in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi on Friday.
According to the statement, Afenifere lamented that actions bordering on religious intolerance in the North have been occurring leading to the loss of lives and properties.
The statement opined that the action is happening often and again in the region because of the failure of the state to take drastic actions against the perpetrators of such acts.
It said Deborah’s tragedy must be used as a cue to put a permanent stop to faith-induced murders in our land.
It hailed the efforts of Governor Aminu Tambuwal for terminating his presidential ambition meeting in Abuja and rushing to Sokoto to attend to the incident.
The group enjoined authorities to go beyond platitudes by ensuring that all the perpetrators of the evil act are brought to book.
It also appealed to authorities to immediately take measures to prevent a reoccurrence of such incidents in their midst.
The group further explained that no one can fight for God, advising that the best thing to do is to preach, evangelize and spread the gospel and not to coerce or kill for the purpose of forcing others to embrace one’s own religion.