Blasphemy: Religious extremists are agents of death amidst us — CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on “all teachers and preachers of religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism to repent before the wrath of God descend on them if the State failed to bring them to book. They are agents of death amidst us”.

CAN said this in a statement on Friday entitled ‘Deborah’s Killers Must Be Brought To Book’ in Abuja, by its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola.

Reacting to the killing of the second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam, the Christian body described killing for any God as ungodly, satanic, foolish, reprehensible and totally unacceptable.

In the statement, CAN warned the government and the security agencies against treating perpetrators of such dastardly act with kid gloves.

Daramola said, “The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemns in strong terms the gruesome murder of a Christian, 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education,  Sokoto, Deborah Samuel by some extremist fellow students on alleged blasphemy. 

“The unlawful and dastardly action of the perpetrators must not only be condemned by all right thinking people but the security operatives must fish them out, prosecute them as it is expected of them. 

“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. And as long as the State fails to bring these beasts and criminals amidst us to book, so also the society will continue to be their killing fields. 

“We acknowledge the swift reaction of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III 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.

“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. 

“CAN commiserates with the family of Deborah and other bereaved. May God console and comfort them in Jesus Name.”

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