Tambuwal cancels campaign tours and meets with Muslim leaders in Sokoto
Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, has canceled his presidential campaign tour to meet with religious leaders in the state over the murder of a Christian student, Deborah Samuel.
“Mr. Tambuwal was assigned to visit Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states today as part of his presidential consultations but had to cancel the visits to consult with citizens and religious leaders to ensure the safety of lives and property of all residents of Sokoto State,” a statement read. statement by the governor’s press aide.
The governor of Sokoto under whose watch the murder was committed, met with the Ulama – guardians and interpreters of Islamic doctrine and law, to plead for peace amid heightened tension in the state.
Mr. Tambuwal “met with a wide range of Muslim leaders in the state at Government House, Sokoto, to deliberate on how to maintain peace and harmony among its citizens of all religions for which Sokoto is famous, after the murder of Deborah Samuel,” the governor’s media aide explained.
Other politicians in the region have refrained from condemning the murder to avoid the fury of northern fanatics who make up the majority of the electorate they court for votes.
Specifically, the presidential aspirant of the main opposition PDP party, Atiku Abubakar distanced himself from a message of condolence and sympathy for the horrific murder of Ms Samuel, a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Wamako.
Ms Samuel, a 200-level home economics student accused of blasphemy, had complained bitterly about the influx of broadcast religious messages shared on her department’s WhatsApp page.
Her complaints aroused the fury of schoolmates and fanatical classmates who stoned her to death and set fire to her lifeless body.