Following the death of Deborah, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state, who was allegedly lynched by her colleagues for blasphemy, Presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar has come under heavy criticism after he deleted his post where he condemned the dastardly act.
Nigerians did not fail to blast him for such a despicable act, and many disclosed that he took such a move after fanatics in the North threatened his presidential ambition.
In the deleted post, he wrote, “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”.
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His post was said to have infuriated a lot of Northern fanatics who openly told him to forget about his presidential ambition, as he will not get any votes from them. In a swift development, Atiku deleted the post and later disclosed that such post was made by his media aide without his approval which prompted him to delete it. Interesting!
His recent action has sparked a lot of actions and debates among netizens who took to their social media accounts to criticize the presidential aspirant for such a mischievous act. With the 2023 election gearing up, many citizens who once held Atiku in high esteem, as well as projecting him as the right one for the presidency, have withdrawn their allegiance after his recent action.
With the way he was criticized on the net, it is imperative to say that he has lost credibility from a lot of Nigerians who once rated him high. Even if his claims that the post which was deleted was made without his approval, condemning such a callous act was obviously the right thing any sane person would do.
So why does he feel the post is not worthy enough to be on the internet? There is no justifiable reason for one to kill another over trivial issues like blasphemy. Someone wrote something on Twitter that caught my attention, in his words ” We woke up and God decided to show us why Atiku should never be president of Nigeria. Thank you father, once you have spoken, twice have in heard. You know the end from the beginning”.
Indeed I couldn’t agree less with the tweet, because for years Atiku Abubakar has been projecting himself as the right one for Nigeria, which has seen him garner a lot of supporters not only from the north but west and East inclusive.
With this current act of his, one can only be thankful to God for creating a scenario that revealed his real identity. It is obvious that Atiku holds his ambition in high regard, more important than human life. He has joined the pack of leaders who devise different gimmicks and play to the gallery just to garner votes, meanwhile, they really do not care about the affairs of the people, but rather it is their self-desires that matter most.
Rather than call a spade a spade, Atiku chose not to offend the north by deleting a post where he earlier condemned an obviously wrong act. This is someone that a whole lot of Nigerians once trusted to drive Nigeria in the right direction. It is disheartening and embarrassing!
Atiku no doubt understands the importance of the Northern votes in his presidential ambition, which was what made him pull up such a despicable act. However, a lot of people have switched allegiance to other Presidential aspirants as his act has not only made him lose credibility but supporters as well.
He has also evidently shown to the majority of Nigerians that he does not deserve to be voted for because if given the mandate, such a person would be silent on violence carried out by the Northerners, rather than prosecute and punish offenders.