The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denounced religious extremists’ gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
Her Muslim colleagues killed and burned Samuel for supposedly disrespecting Prophet Muhammad.
The mob invaded her hostel, dragged the dead out, and beat her to death before setting fire to her body.
In a statement, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the criminals’ unlawful and despicable actions must be condemned by all right-thinking people.
He stated that security personnel must locate them and prosecute them as required.
Terrorists and bandits were born, according to CAN, because security agencies and the government failed to respond to such crimes in the past.
It was emphasized that as long as the government fails to bring these creatures and criminals to justice, society would continue to be their killing grounds.
CAN applauded the Sultan of Sokoto, MuhammDu Sa’ad Abubakar 111, for his prompt response, which not only condemned the illegal and religiously intolerant behavior, but also called on security authorities to bring the offenders to punishment.
CAN has urged Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto to ensure that the affair is not pushed under the rug like a prior instance.
“We also call on all instructors and preachers of religious intolerance, extremism, and terrorism to repent before God’s vengeance descends on them if the State fails to bring them to justice,” the CAN said. They are death’s emissaries among us.
“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 for any God in the name of blasphemy is ungodly, satanic, foolish, reprehensible and totally unacceptable. This is not a Stone Age and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic. Nigeria remains a non-religious State where no religion is supreme to the other.
“We acknowledge and commend the restraint of the Christian students of the College who refused to embrace self-help and reprisal attacks on those who murdered their colleague. It is our prayers that those vampires in religious garments will not push the country to a religious war.
“This is why both the government and the security agencies must stop treating them with kid gloves. Enough is enough”.