CAN warns of counter-protest by Muslims in aftermath of Deborah’s murder

CAN warns of counter-protest by Muslims in aftermath of Deborah’s murder

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has changed the plans for Sunday’s demonstration against Deborah Samuel’s murder.

On Saturday, May 21, the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, issued a circular to churches.

He told them about Muslim plans to resist the demonstration.

Their goal, according to Ayokunle, is to “create mayhem and blame it on us.”

“In view of the foregoing; I urge you all to do the protest of placard-carrying within the premises of your churches or local CAN Secretariat”, he said.

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The cleric advised Christians nationwide to pray for justice for Deborah “who was wickedly and extra-judicially slain”.

Ayokunle urged them to seek God’s intervention “for a change of heart” for people who find it “convenient to kill their fellow humans under the religious guise”.

The President prayed that “the Lord be with us all, His Church in Nigeria and our nation who is in birth pains”.

Deborah, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was stoned and burned last Thursday for blasphemy.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says only three elected ad-hoc delegates per ward and one elected national delegate per local government will vote at its forthcoming primaries and national convention.

The party made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, May 21, by its National Organising Secretary, Mr Umar Bature.

Bature stated that the decision was taken in consonance with Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act 2022; as amended by the National Assembly.

The sub-section states that delegates vote at indirect primaries; also, the National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.

Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act, therefore, allows only statutory delegates to participate in political parties’ congresses and conventions.

The statutory delegates include the president, governors, National Assembly members, state assembly members, local government chairmen, as well as councillors.

“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming primaries; also, National Convention of our great Party; the PDP are the three ad hoc delegates per ward, elected at the ward congresses.

“Also qualified are one national delegate per local government elected at the local government area congresses,’’ Bature stressed.

 

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