#JusticeForDeborah: CAN directs nationwide protest on May 22

The Christian Association of Nigeria (can) has directed a nationwide peaceful protest on May 22, over the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state by her Muslim classmates.

Deborah was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed. Hence, she beaten and burnt alive. Her death has caused uproar on social media with many people condemning the dastardly act. The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Bishop Matthew Kukah, criticized the actions of the culprits and called for calm in the state.

However, CAN has said that all churches should come out for a peaceful protest at the secretariat of the association in every state. The directive was given by the General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Bade Daramola in a letter to journalists.

Daramola said, “I have been directed by the CAN President, Dr Samson Olasupo 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, May 12, 2022 at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto in Sokoto State by some Islamic extremists.

“The protest will take place on May 22, 2022 in the afternoon by 3pm in every secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria 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’.

“The occasion can also be used to pray for Deborah’s family and friends, peace for the country, victory for the Church and (emergence of ) godly political leaders in the coming general elections,” he said.

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