Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has on Friday, May 13 condemned the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel.
Samuel, who was a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was stoned to death and set ablaze in the school premises for allegedly making unflattering comments about Prophet Muhammad.
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A gory image and video clips of the incident on Thursday, May 12, caused stirs on social media as Nigerians took sides based on religious beliefs and personal convictions.
In the aftermath of the tragic incident, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, stated in a statement released on Friday, May 13, that the killers’ actions must be condemned by all right-thinking people.
Daramola also prayed that;
Vampires dressed in religious garb will not provoke a religious conflict in the country.
The failure of security forces and the government to respond to such crimes in the past, according to CAN, is what gave rise to terrorists and bandits.
The group stated that as long as the government fails to bring the creatures to justice, society would continue to be a killing ground for them.
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The Sultan of Sokoto’s quick response was recognized by CAN saying;
We acknowledge the swift reaction of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111 who not only condemned the criminal and religious intolerant action but called on the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
It is our expectation that the State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, would ensure that the matter is not swept under the carpet, as it was before.
The statement urged preachers of religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism to repent before the wrath of God descends on them.
The Christian association stressed;
We recall the provocative and demeaning advertisement of the Sterling Bank where the bank compared the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to Agege bread.
Up till now, nobody was attacked and even the CAN leadership has accepted the apology tendered by its Chief Executive, Abubakar Suleiman.
Killing in the name of blasphemy for any God is immoral, devilish, foolish, repulsive, and absolutely wrong, according to CAN.