CAN demands justice for the murder of student by Islamic extremists


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, by Islamic extremists.
She was stoned and set ablaze Muslim zealots on Thursday for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad.
In a statement on Friday in Abuja, General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, said the unlawful and dastardly action of the perpetrators must be condemned by all right- thinking people.
The statement said security operatives must fish out the perpetrators and prosecute them as it is expected of them.
CAN said it is the failure of the security agencies and the government to rise up to such criminalities in the past that gave birth to terrorists and bandits.
The statement said as long as the state fails to bring these beasts and criminals amid us to book, so also the society will continue to be their killing fields.
CAN commended the swift reaction of the Sultan of Sokoto, MuhammDu Sa’ad Abubakar III, who not only condemned the criminal act, but called on the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
CAN also urged the Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to ensure the matter is not swept under the carpet like previous incidents.
“We also call on all teachers and preachers of religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism to repent before the wrath of God descends on them if the State failed to bring them to book. They are agents of death amidst 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”, the statement warned.


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