‘I Am Not Afraid to Take a Stand,’ Atiku Explains Why Tweet On Deborah’s Killing Was Deleted

PDP Presidential aspirant and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has explained why he ordered that the earlier tweet on the killing of Deborah Samuel be taken down.

He revealed that the tweet was deleted because it was not approved by him, he claimed that it shouldn’t have been posted in the first instance.

The former vice president revealed this on Friday when he visited Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

In his statement when asked about the deleted tweet, he said “Every tweet has to get my approval,” said the presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “Unfortunately, this tweet – because I was traveling all over the country – did not have my approval. So, I said it should be taken down and that every tweet must have my express approval.”

The death of the young lady has sparked several reactions and outrage from various individuals and groups, including the Christian community who demanded that her killers be brought to justice. and many have faulted politicians for keeping mute on the issue.

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A tweet on Thursday night from the former vice president’s verified handle also triggered unpleasant reactions from users from the northern part of the country before it was deleted.

While Atiku insisted that the tweet was not deleted over fears that the negative reactions could affect his political aspiration, he said the only thing that went wrong was because he was not consented.

“I am not a person who is afraid to take stand on issues; you know the stand I took on Sharia. I was pelted, I was abused in the North, but then how long did the Sharia last?” he quired. “I told them they were having a political Sharia and I was vilified, they threw stones at me.

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“There was nothing they did not do; that did not make me change my position as far as Sharia is concerned. Where is the Sharia today? So, the only thing that went wrong with that tweet was that it was not authorised by me.”


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