… Urges them to embark on nationwide protests

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has asked millions of Christians across the country to embark on a peaceful protest.

The association made the call in reaction to the summary execution of a Christian girl, Deborah, by Muslim extremists at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

CAN condemned the murder of Deborah Samuel and urged Christians to protest vehemently against their persecution by moslems.

It however urged the faithful to avoid street processions, saying protests carried out within the vicinity of their churches would be most acceptable.

Tension is seriously mounting in Sokoto, capital of Sokoto State where unknown persons who a protesting the arrest of persons connected to the murder of Deborah Samuel have burnt churches and looted shops belonging to Christians.

Reports say the residence of Reverend Father Mathew Hassan Kukah was among property in the city belonging to Christians targeted by hostile Muslim extremists.

Already, the Federal and State governments which have spoken out against the killing have beefed up security within the Caliphate.

Reports say irate youths and their collaborators are attempting to defy a ban imposed on movement by the government.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a high powered Probe a day after Deborah died, saying nobody has the right to take the law unto his hands.

The Northern Governors Forum has similarly condemned the murder of Deborah, saying there can no justification for the action.

Sheik Gumi, a fiery cleric said while condemning the act that the holy Prophet is not known to have killed those who abused him.

He said Islamic scholars were responsible for the reaction of their followers and urged them to desist from the manipulation of Islamic study.