Amid sobs and tears, Alheri Emmanuel, mother of Deborah, who was gruesomely murdered by a mob at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, by her schoolmates last Thursday, May 12, has vowed never to allow any of her remaining seven children go to school again to avoid the fate that befell her promising daughter.
According to Vanguard, Alheri spoke as the husband and father of the slain Deborah, 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.
Telescope.ng gathered that their response came as the Sokoto state government suspended the resumption of schools by one week, following the protest that trailed the incident last Friday.
This is even as popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, on Sunday, May 15, 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 the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto dismissed reports that the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah was attacked.
Deborah’s mother, who spoke with Vanguard, 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.
Alheri, in a heavy-laden voice, declared: “What has happened to me is my cross and I will surely carry it but none of my seven surviving children will go to school again.”
On what she wanted from the government, she said: “I don’t want anything from the government. In fact, the family is not expecting anything from the government. Almighty God will take control.”
Alheri, who has just been discharged from the hospital over the shock, however, said she was recuperating and assured that she would soon get out of the shock. Late Deborah was the eldest of the eight children of her parents.