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CAN demands Justice for Deborah’s murderer.



The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the heinous murder of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, by religious zealots.

CAN demands Justice for Deborah's murderer.

CAN demands Justice for Deborah’s murderer.

Her Muslim colleagues lynched and burned Deborah Samuel for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad.

The enraged mob stormed her hostel, dragged the deceased out, and beat her to death before setting fire to her body.

In a statement, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the perpetrators’ unlawful and heinous actions must be condemned by all right-thinking people.

He stated that security personnel must find them and prosecute them as is expected of them.

According to CAN, the failure of security agencies and the government to respond to such crimes in the past is what gave rise to terrorists and bandits.
It was emphasized that as long as the state fails to bring these beasts and criminals among us to justice, society will continue to be their killing grounds.

CAN applaud the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, for his swift reaction, which not only condemned the criminal and religiously intolerant action but also called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.


CAN says: “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 the 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 to a religious war.

“This is why both the government and the security agencies must stop treating them with kid gloves. Enough is enough”.

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