Christian Association of Nigeria calls for nationwide protest next Sunday to protest Deborah's killing

CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (Can) officials have directed all churches across the country to embark on a peaceful nationwide protest on Sunday May 22 to protest the brutal killing of Sokoto student Deborah Samuel.


Last week, Ms Samuel, a 200 Level student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto was lynched by an irate mob, who accused her of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed. Her death has attracted nationwide condemnation, forcing the authorities to act and arrest two of the suspects.


However, yesterday, rioting broke out in Sokoto yesterday with irate Muslim youth burning down churches and shops belonging to Christians as they demanded that the arrested suspects be released. Can general secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the protest would be organised by churches across the country to demand justice for the deceased.


Mr Daramola said: “The protest will take place on 22 May, 2022 in the afternoon by 3pm in every secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria, nationwide and not on the streets in order to avoid further loss of lives. We urge those who can afford it to make use of the traditional media and social media to give it wide coverage in order to sensitise the whole world.


"We also call on Nigerian Christians in the diaspora to join us using our embassies all over the world. The occasion can also be used to pray for Deborah’s family and friends, peace for the country, victory for the Church and godly political leaders in the coming general election. Thanks, and God bless you all."


Can's circular directed Christians to hold placards with some succinct messages. These would include  “We demand justice for Deborah, Christians are not second class citizens, No more killing in God’s name, Enough is enough, Police, stop unprovoked killings in Nigeria.”