The government of United States has honoured Late Deborah Samuel, the Sokoto female student who was stoned to death by Muslim extremists over alleged blasphemy.
The Office of International Religious Freedom of the US Department of State honoured late Deborah Samuel on the International Day for ‘Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief’ uploading her picture on its website.
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“In May, a mob brutally stoned, flogged, and burnt a college student, Deborah Samuel in Nigeria, in an attack fueled by hatred and blasphemy allegations, even as authorities attempted to stop it. We honor her life as we continue the work to end such vicious violence.”
The Office of International Religious Freedom is responsible for “promoting universal respect for freedom of religion or belief for all as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy”.
The office wrote on its website, “We monitor religiously motivated abuses, harassment, and discrimination worldwide, and recommend, develop, and implement policies and programs to address these concerns.”
Deborah, until the time of her death was a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.
Recall that Deborah was murdered in May this year by her colleagues who stoned her to death and set her body ablaze after being threatened following her post on her class’ WhatsApp group