Don’t send children to schools in Sokoto, Northern CAN urges Christian parents
The Christian Association of Nigeria, 19 Northern States and Abuja Chapter has ordered Christian leaders in the country to end their participation in the activities of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council, until their counterparts of Islamic faith show their commitment to tame their supporters on an equal footing. .
The organization has also called on all Christian parents across the country, especially northern states, to discourage sending their children to a school in Sokoto State.
CAN said the directive to parents would continue, pending federal and state governments being ready and willing to protect the lives of its children both in Sokoto and in other states that had been hostile to Christians and to Christianity.
The public relations manager of
CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja), Chaplain Jechonia Gilbert, have the guidelines in a statement issued Sunday in Abuja titled “Deborah Samuel: No cover-up, attackers must be tried”.
The organization was responding to the murder of Deborah Samuel by Muslim fundamentalists at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.
CAN warned the faith that kills to please its God to exercise restraint because “those who tried it in Egypt and their experiences should be warning enough”.
“There is a Red Sea waiting for them, even those who secretly encourage them must participate in the Red Sea experience,” CAN cursed.
Deborah Samuel, a 200-level home economics student at the school, was murdered by Islamic extremists and set on fire after advising her fellow students not to post religious materials on their WhatsApp page.
But Gilbert condemned Deborah Samuel’s murder, describing it as “horrific and barbaric”.
He said: “While CAN does not and will not encourage the slander of any religion or religious leader of any faith, CAN disapproves of hiding under the babbling of any religious extremism to perpetrate any form of criminality against its members , especially in northern Nigeria. Almighty God is not and never can be a weak God for mere mortals to fight and defend. On the contrary, it is He who guards us, watches over us and defends us. MAY believe that life is sacred and should never be taken by another unless ordered by the state.
“CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) calls on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sokoto State Government under Governor Aminu Tambuwal not to resort to the usual government rhetoric but to demonstrate political will and ability to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice; otherwise, others may line up and turn our homeland into a land of lawlessness at the slightest provocation.
“CAN believes that Nigeria is a country governed by the rule of law and order. Therefore, any act of lawlessness and criminality should not be swept under the rug.
“CAN, 19 Northern States, calls on all Christian parents across the country, especially Northern States, to discourage sending their children to any school in Sokoto State, pending the federal and state governments are ready and willing to ensure the lives of our children, both in Sokoto and in other states hostile to Christians and Christianity.
“We urge all Christian leaders to end their participation in NIREC, until their counterparts of the Islamic faith show their commitment to taming their followers on an equal footing.
“Northern CAN pray that the immediate family and church of the late Deborah Samuel will not lose hope in God’s ability to avenge their daughter’s killers. We call and advise those who feel and think that killing and oppressing Christians is a demonstration of their service to their God to learn from history.
“Those who have tried it in Egypt and their experiences should be warning enough. There is a Red Sea waiting for them, even those who secretly encourage them must participate in the Red Sea experience.
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