On their part, officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have directed all churches in the West African nation “to organize a peaceful protest in honor one of our daughters, Deborah Yakubu”.
“I have been directed by the CAN President, His Eminence. Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, to request all church leaders, through your various churches to organize a PEACEFUL PROTEST in honor of one of our daughters, DEBORAH YAKUBU who was gruesomely murdered on Thursday, 12 May, 2022”, CAN officials say in their May 14 statement signed by the General Secretary.
Officials of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) add, “The protest will take place on 22 May, 2022 in the afternoon by 3pm in every secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 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,” they further say.
The Christian leaders continue, “We are to hold placards with some succinct message like "WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR 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", "WE SAY NO TO ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS”.
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CAN leadership urges those who can afford it to “make use of the traditional media and the social media and others can use only the social media to give it a wide coverage in order to sensitize the whole world.”
“We also call on Nigerian Christians in the diaspora to join us using our embassies all over the world,” CAN officials say in their May 14 statement.
They add that the May 22 peaceful protests across Nigerian “can also be used to pray for Deborah's family and friends, peace for the country, victory for the Church and godly political leaders in the coming general election.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.