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Deborah Samuel: CAN president calls for peaceful protest

As a result of the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu Samuel, a 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, a nationwide and international peaceful protests has been called for by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

CAN’s call emerged through its President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, according to a letter signed by its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola.

The letter, which was titled ‘A Request for Nationwide Peaceful Protests, Calling for Justice for Deborah Yakubu’, directed all Christians including those living in the diaspora to gather on May 22, 2022 for a peaceful protest.

The letter reads: “I have been directed by the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, to request all Church Leaders, through your various Churches to organise 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 pm in every Secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nationwide and not on the streets in order 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 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” it concluded.

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