By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The leadership of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria (HEKAN) through its President, Reverend Dr. Amos G. Kiri has condemned in strong terms the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel Yakubu in Sokoto, North West Nigeria.
Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level Home Economics Student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto was killed by some students on Thursday, of May 12, 2022 over alleged blasphemy.
The HEKAN President called on security agencies and authorities concerned to intensify efforts in arresting all persons involved in the gruesome killing of the “innocent” girl and bring them to justice.
“We received with deep shock the incident that occurred at the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto State, which led to the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah (Samuel), a 200 Level Home Economics student on the 12th day of May, 2022.
” We vehemently condemn the incident and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that the perpetrators are duly prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
“The human obligation that is owed to her immediate family, course mates and the society at large is the assurance that those who are guilty of this condemnable act irrespective of their unjustifiable motives are punished in accordance with the Laws of the Land,” Dr. Kiri maintained.
He urged Nigerian youth to shun any attempt to discredit any religion in whatever manner.
Religion according to the HEKAN President, must be respected by all.
“I want to crave your indulgence henceforth, to be vigilant going forward, protecting one another in love and avoid all sorts of provocative statements that will lead to religious arguments or conflicts,” Kiri urged youth.
He lamented that this unfortunate incident is coming at a time Nigeria is facing challenges, especially with the spate of Insecurity in most parts of the country
The HEKAN President further sued for calm and warned citizens against taking laws into their hands.
“With about eight months to the nation’s general elections, all hands must be on deck to ensure unity and love among citizens, irrespective of religion, ethnicity, tribal or political differences,” he pointed out.
Dr. Amos Kiri prayed the Lord comfort the entire family of the deceased and grant them the fortitude to bear the big loss.
“May the soul of the deceased rest in peace as we pray that the Holy Spirit comforts us all for the loss,” he prayed.