Atiku Abubakar has deleted a post he made on his Facebook page about slain Deboral Samuel after coming under a barrage of threats from fanatics of northern origin who asked him to forget his presidential ambition.
Mr Atiku’s post around 10:20 p.m. Thursday was deleted less than an hour later. It had garnered over 1,200 reactions within 16 minutes, according to a screenshot taken by Peoples Gazette.
Most of the comments were from fundamentalists who warned the politician to stay away from condemning the murder of the Christian student.
“There can not be a justification for such gruesome murder. Deborah Yakubu was murdered, and all those behind her death must be brought to justice,” Mr Atiku said. “My condolences to her family and friends.”
A spokesman for Mr Abubkar did not return a request seeking comments about why he took down the post on Facebook.
The former vice-president didn’t delete a similar message that he posted on Twitter, indicating that he might have seen a difference between Facebook and Twitter users on the sensitive development.