Deborah Samuel, a Christian student, was beaten and stoned to death in an appalling incident at a college in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
Deborah’s alleged crime was to have insulted Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, in a WhatsApp message.
There is no evidence that Deborah did as alleged, but the accusation alone was enough to seal her fate. Even if she had, her murder at the hands of a Muslim mob was not deserved.
A fellow student reports that Deborah’s last words to her attackers were, “What do you hope to achieve with this?”
This is a question that could be asked to all the Islamist groups across Nigeria – indeed, all those around the world who commit violence against Christians and persecute the Church.