23rd May, 2022
By Richard Elesho
In the face of the recent killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of College of Education, Sokoto for alleged blasphemy, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on government to beef up security around Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto and other Nigerians, to avoid further break down of law and order in the country.
The charge was given on Sunday in Kaduna, by Rev Chris Annge, Kaduna State Vice-Chairman of CAN.
He spoke on the sideline of peaceful protest organised by CAN, at Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Sabon Tasha. Hundreds of Christians participated in the protest.
“When we learnt that a Catholic church was attacked in Sokoto, It’s very clear that that attack was on Bishop Matthew Kukah because he’s the one who’s like a voice to the voiceless in this country. He’s speaking truth to power every day. So that attack was directly or indirectly on him.
“We are calling on the Nigeria government to charge those in charge of carrying guns or agencies responsible for taking care of us, to be up and doing and protect the life of Kukah and every believer as well as every Nigerian from this menace. It’s unacceptable.”
Annge noted that Nigeria is a secular state with laws that guarantee freedom of association for all citizens and reiterated the need for religious tolerance. He emphasized the need for prayers.
“We are people of God and we are to thank God for what recently happened in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, who was gruesomely killed by Islamic extremist on account of blasphemy.
“So we are here to first pray for the survival of those who are alive and also let the world know that it’s not the best way to go by killing because we are living in a country where there are rules as in the constitution. I think as patriotic Nigerians, we have what is guiding us that has to be respected,” he stated.