Sokoto Killing: We Were Counting on Deborah To Support Her Siblings After School, Says Mother

Sokoto Killing: We Were Counting on Deborah To Support Her Siblings After School, Says Mother

  • Deborah's Family were counting on her to support the education of her siblings according to her mother
  • According to her, Deborah endured hardship while in school and was regarded as the hope of the school
  • The mother who was in paid said ever since her siblings heard of her death, they have been inconsolable

In what can be described as a heartbreaking moment, Alheri Emmanuel, mother of Deborah, the college student who was brutally killed by her school mates over alleged blasphemy, has reealed that the deceased is the hope of the family.

According to her, the family was counting on her to support the education of her siblings. She disclosed this in an interview with TheCable.

Alheri said Deborah endured hardship while in school, adding that they could only afford a small quantity of garri when she got admission into the college.

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Sokoto killing: We were counting on Deborah to support her siblings after school, says mother
Alheri Emmanuel, mother of Deborah says the family was counting on her to support the education of her siblings.
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Going further, she disclosed that Deborah’s siblings have been inconsolable since the incident happened, adding that she was the hope of the family.

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She said:

“When we heard the information, we were told that she got into trouble in school. I was confused and asked what kind of trouble and how she got into trouble and they told me she made a statement against Prophet Muhammad. I didn’t believe it.
“People continued to call me saying some people wanted to kill my daughter. I was devastated and I told them God will surely ensure she gets justice for what she was being accused of.
“I was in so much pain when I said my remaining children will not go to school. I was angry because when Deborah got admission to Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, we had nothing to give to her. She only went to school with a small quantity of garri.

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“She told me she would go and manage until her father and I could afford sending her more food items. And now she has been cruelly murdered. The remaining children will continue going to school by the grace of God.
“We were hoping that when she completes school, she would be able to get a job and assist the remaining younger ones through school.
“I have handed everything over to God. God will get me justice. Since I have been living in the north, I have never heard of such. I am thankful to God that my child died calling unto Him. All I can say is, I am grateful to God and the people of the country who have helped in the course of seeking justice for my daughter.”

Going further, Garba Emmanuel, Deborah’s father who is a farmer, said he has been struggling to sponsor the children’s education.

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He added:

“We heard the news from my brother in Sokoto. He called us to say something terrible had happened to Deborah,” the father said in tears.
“I am feeling very sad about this issue. Honestly, whether we get justice or not, we have left everything in the hands of God.
“I am a farmer in Tungan-Magajiya in Rijau LGA of Niger state. The remaining six children, if I can afford it, I will take them to school.
“We are only seeking justice. If the government doesn’t get us justice, we have left the issue in the hands of God.”

They'll not pay rent forever: Pastor offers late Deborah Samuel's parents new home, siblings scholarships

Meanwhile, Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the general overseer of Omega Power Ministry (OPM), has sought help in reaching the family of late Deborah Samuel as he made open his desire to assist them.

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The pastor made this appeal via his verified Facebook page on Monday, May 16 in reaction to the parents' vow not to have any of their kids go to school again following the murder of their eldest daughter.

The kindhearted pastor said he would be offering them accommodation in one of his churches' free estates where they won't be required to pay any rent. While expressing his desire to have them relocated to Port Harcourt, he also offered to give the slain student's siblings automatic scholarships into OPM free schools.

Blasphemy: Deborah’s killing un-Islamic, barbaric - Muslim lawyer

In another report, Professor Ibrahim Abikan, the president of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria and a Lecturer, Department of Islamic Law, University of Ilorin has slammed the killers of Deborah Samuel, a victim of religious mob violence killed for alleged blasphemy in Sokoto state.

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According to Abikan, the killing of the innocent girl is un Islamic.

He insisted that the killing is actually against the tenet of the teachings of any religion in the world. The professor consequently urged the government to do everything to ensure that justice is done.


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