Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has authorized christians across Nigeria to embark on Nationwide protest to demand justice for Deborah Yakubu who was stoned and burnt to death by mob of students at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state on Thursday morning over alleged blasphemous statement against Prophet Mohammed SAW.
CAN in a press statement signed by Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN General Secretary dated on Saturday May 14, 2022, request all church leaders to use their churches to demand justice for the killed female student, Deborah Yakubu.
The Association also asked all Christians to use their social media platforms for the protest.
The CAN Press statement reads:
A REQUEST FOR NATIONWIDE PEACEFUL PROTESTS, CALLING FOR JUSTICE FOR DEBORAH YAKUBU.
I have been directed by the CAN President, His Eminence, Reverend Doctor Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, to request all Church Leaders, through your various churches to organize a PEACEFUL PROTEST in honour of one of our daughters, DEBORAH YAKUBU who was gruesomely murdered on Thursday, 12 May, 2022 at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, in Sokoto State by some Islamic extremists.
The protest will take place on 22 May, 2022 in the afternoon by 3:00 p.m in every Secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nationwide and not on the streets in onder to avoid further loss of lives.
Those without CAN’s Secretariat may use any church with big premises.
We are to hold placards with some succinct message like “WE DEMAND JUSTICE 4 DEBORAH”. “NO MORE KILLING IN GOD’s NAME”. “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. “POLICE STOP UNPROVOKED KILLINGS IN NIGERIA”. “CHRISTIANS ARE NOT SECOND CLASS CITIZENS,”. “KILLERS OF DEBORAH MUST BE PROSECUTED,”WE CONDEMN RELIGIOUS KILLINGs”. “WE SAY NO TO ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS”.
We urge those who could afford it to make use of the traditional media and the social media and others can use only the social media to give it a wide coverage in other to sensitize the whole world.
We also call on Nigerian Christians in 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.