A fresh call by Nigerians for the sack of Sterling Bank MD Abubakar Suleiman after Deborah’s murder has emerged.
Newsone had reported earlier that a 200 Level student of Home Economics at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, northern Nigeria, has been lynched by fellow students over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
This online news platform understands that the Christian student, identified as Deborah Samuel, allegedly shared the offensive message in a school Whatsapp group. It was learned, that the blasphemous message drew the ire of the students, who overpowered school security, beat her to death, and set the body on fire.
The audio sighted by Newsone Nigeria revealed that Deborah Yakubu warned her classmates against posting religious things on class WhatsApp group chat.
She had said before her death; “Holy ghost fire, nothing would happen to me, is it by force you guys would always be sending this religious stuff in the group, the group wasn’t created for that, but rather as a notice for when there’s a test, assignment, exams, etc, not these nonsense Religious posts.
In a swift reaction, the school was later shut down by the management to avoid escalation of the situation.
“Following today’s early morning Students rampage in the College, the College Management has resolved to close down the College indefinitely with immediate effect.
“Consequently, all students are hereby directed to vacate the College campus immediately,” the school said in a statement.
The killing of Deborah Samuel has become a subject of discussion across social media platforms with many Netizens already calling to heart the corporate rascality and outright disrespect of the Christian race exhibited by Sterling Bank under the watch of a Muslim MD/CEO, Abubakar Suleiman, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
Reacting to the ugly incident in Sokoto State, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to call for the immediate sacking of Sterling Bank MD, Abubakar Suleiman, following the killing Deborah Samuel, a young woman in her twenties, who was murdered and set ablaze in Sokoto on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
Alternatively, Sterling Bank compared Agege Bread to Jesus in its Easter 2022 message, as some reports suggest. The bank actually wrote “Like Agege Bread, He Rose,” a reference to Jesus’ historical resurrection and the rising of Agege Bread.
When the incident that resulted in the death of Deborah Samuel occurred on Thursday afternoon, the tension caused by the Abubakar Suleiman-led Sterling Bank “Agege Bread” advertisement has yet to die down completely, and now aggrieved members of the Christian fold have resurrected calls for the sacking of the Sterling Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Without a doubt, the majority of Christians are unhappy, and no one knows how far they will go to express their discontent. Would Abubakar Suleiman entirely avoid the Christian axe during the entire drama? Perhaps only time will tell.
Newsone Nigeria captured some of the reactions of some angry Nigerians calling for the sacking of Abubakar Suleiman below…
No one was killed as a result of this. Sterling bank’s CEO was forgiven. Yet some so-called youths went as far as taking their own course mate’s life. How would you feel knowing that you’re responsible for the death of someone that spent months running around in school with you? pic.twitter.com/vzUN0ypFcx
— Emmanuel Umoren (@eumoren1) May 13, 2022
— Sir Ubong Friday Udongwo (@udongwo) May 12, 2022
People get killed thats why you hear of blasphemy against Islam. Muslims do it against Christians, often without harm. Recently, the MD of Sterling Bank made a blasphemous statement he was comfortably in his office as at today. https://t.co/lvvfRErOjA
— fred4U (@frediecruze) May 12, 2022
The reason religious intolerance exists in Norther Nig is because perpetrators of violence on religious grounds know nothing will happen. This was Sterling Bank mocking the resurrection of Christ on Easter Day. Imagine this degree of mockery, had Islam being on the receiving end pic.twitter.com/xweIeY9fq1
— Susan (@SusanHenshaw50) May 12, 2022
A sterling Bank advert was worse and well publicised than whatever the lady said….assuming it was about them, only God knows what would remain of the bank assets by now. pic.twitter.com/SqQeTYP9Wp
— Segun-Joseph 🚶♂️ (@Aremoolu1) May 12, 2022
Sterling Bank led by Abubakar Suleiman compared Jesus Christ to “Agege Bread” in its Easter message last month and no Christians blinked an eye.
Now, imagine a Christian owned that bank then goes ahead to compare Muhammed to Agege Bread.💀
They can cross the line but we can’t. pic.twitter.com/qDUtbm9agx
— Iheanacho☀️💰💰 (@HopeIheanacho) May 13, 2022
I wonder what they would done with @Sterling_Bankng if the bank had referred to Mohammed as agege bread in that Stupid Easter Message!!!
Ion care if it’s 2022 or 1402BC…There should NEVER be a justification for taking human life in the name of Religion!
— Opeyemi Akinyode (@OpeyemiAkinyod2) May 12, 2022
Imagine if this Sterling Bank joke was against Mohammed… pic.twitter.com/WFZJ9OSMXk
— ONOCHIE🦅 (@whoisvow) May 13, 2022
Islamic Group, MURIC compared Buhari with Jesus.
Sterling bank likened Jesus to agege bread. All these & more yet heaven did not fall.
The barbaric killing of another in Sokoto is the highest form of inhumanity! No God will sanction that.
— NG of the Good Life 🇳🇬 (@PrideOfAPeacock) May 12, 2022
A Muslim MD of Sterling Bank ( Abubakar Suleiman ) ridiculed Jesus Christ by comparing his resurrectn to that of Agege Bread yet Sterling Bank is still operating in Naija without hitch. If it was d other way round, all branches & staff of d bank in d North wud have been deleted.
— Godfrey (@Geebaba2010) May 12, 2022
What Sterling Bank did during the Easter, if it was against Islam, the bank branches in the Far North could have been destroyed.
— Hon. Otaigbe Imadegbelo (@Imudia_se2) May 12, 2022
2. Abubakar Suleiman, Sterling Bank Managing Director. We all heard abt the ‘ungodly wicked and insensitive’ controversial Easter advert post by Sterling Bank towards Christians. Christians didn’t kill Suleiman or destroy any Sterling bank branches…
— Sayo (@sayobaj) May 13, 2022
Even that Suleiman idiot that runs the almost insolvent Sterling Bank that talked of Agege bread. I now wish we had asked for his head too
— Emman.eth (@ENGEE7) May 12, 2022
Watching the video of Deborah’s brutal murder this morning brought tears to my eyes. What did she say to warrant her being killed in such a gruesome manner?
I can’t help wonder what would’ve happened to Sterling bank branches if that Agege Bread Ad was about Mohammed & not Jesus pic.twitter.com/00EvaK4Iup
— The Revolutionary Seeker (WAEC) (@The_Seeker76) May 13, 2022