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Blasphemy: We Have Accepted Our Fate,But The Rest Of Our Children Won’t Attend School Again – Deborah’s Parents

by Yvonne ONUAH

The parents of the slain student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto state has reacted to the death of their daughter stating that they have accepted their fate and vowed that the rest of their seven children would never attend school again.

The father of slain Deborah, Mr. Emmanuel Garba, declared that as a good Christian, he and the family had resolved not to seek any redress from court over the loss of their daughter but leave everything to God.

Sokoto State government, suspended resumption of schools by one week, following the protest that trailed the incident last Friday.

The incident that triggered reaction from Nigerians, some coming out to condemn the killing of the student, a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, yesterday flayed Deborah’s killing, saying Prophet Mohammed was insulted while alive but never killed anybody.

Also northern governors and the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, TEKAN, condemned the killing, and sought justice for the slain student, even as Catholic Diocese of Sokoto dismissed reports that the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah was attacked.

According to Vanguard, Deborah’s mother revealed that the family was blessed with eight children but noted that with the sad development, none of the seven surviving children would be allowed to go to school again in order to avoid a similar experience.

“What has happened to me is my cross and I will surely carry it but non of my seven surviving children will go to school again.”

Deborah’s father, Mr Garba Emmanuel, corroborated his wife’s declaration that the family would not go to court over the killing.

“The family will not go to court over the matter. Go to court to challenge human being or Almighty God over the issue? This is completely ruled out. God does not sleep. He knows what to do at the appropriate time and as the creator of everybody, we leave the case for Him to judge.

“Beside receiving the shock over the gruesome death of my daughter, I had another bitter experience to go and personally transport her corpse from Sokoto to Niger State. It was the saddest moment of my life to go and pick the corpse of my daughter and brought her home in a chartered bus, for which I paid N120,000.

“We don’t want anything (from the government) but it is just unfortunate that we used all our resources to send her to school and now she is dead. She was my eldest child and I have seven others left.”


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