CAN insist on protest over lynching of Deborah Yakubu.

Written by on May 18, 2022

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, says it will go ahead with its nationwide protests against the lynching of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, who was stoned to death and burnt for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

This is despite a ban on religious protests by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; an appeal by Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and moves by some northern governors for CAN to shelve its planned protests.

Also CAN chapters in Plateau and Benue states, which are the umbrella bodies for churches in the two states, said they would organise protests against Deborah’s killing.

The Spokesman for the CAN President, Rev. Bayo Oladeji, said the protest would hold on Sunday nationwide. Oladeji, however, said the protests would take place in front of CAN secretariats in various states or major churches, adding that there would be no procession.

But the Plateau State Government said it would not allow any protest in the state in connection with Deborah.

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday, warned troublemakers to steer clear of the state, adding that anyone who attempted to undermine the security of the state, would be dealt with regardless of status.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA President, Olumide Akpata has faulted the Sokoto State Government led by Governor Aminu Tambuwal for failing to charge Deborah’s alleged killers with murder, but rather, the state government trivialise the case by filing two light charges on incitement and breach of peace.

Ango Bally

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