Buhari Condemns Killing of 8 Students in Zamfara for Alleged Blasphemy


Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of eight persons in Zamfara State for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammed.

The president said in a tweet that he “received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay.

“I assure that the law will take its course. My prayers are with the families of the victims.”

The president described the attack as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

Some students of Abdul Gusau Polytechnic had last Monday descended on a man they accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam. They also set those who tried to help him ablaze.

The attack occurred at Talata Mafara, a town in Zamfara.

In the past, the president has been accused of not speaking out when fundamentalist killed in the name of religion.

Apart from the information on the twitter handle, the ‎president’s media team has not issued any statement condemning the attacks in Zamfara.

However, the president had in a statement in the past said: “Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.”