“Respect other religious beliefs” – CAN appeals to Christians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on Christians in the country to respect the beliefs of other religious groups.

Samson Ayokunle, national president of CAN, said so on Monday during a speech on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show”.

He spoke in reaction to the murder of Deborah Emmanuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, for alleged blasphemy.

The incident sparked nationwide outrage and condemnation and the Sokoto Police Command subsequently arrested two suspects in connection with the murder.

The suspects were, on Monday, fired in a correctional center by a magistrate’s court.

Ayokunle, while condemning the act, said there was a need for religious education to ensure mutual respect between people of different faiths.

“I call on every Christian to respect other religious groups around you. There is a need for religious education so that you know what those around you do not want and respect them. If there is a respect mutual in this nation, there will be peace,” he said.

“In a situation where there is no mutual respect, it also does not call for anyone to take unilateral action against anyone who has offended them. Report it appropriately. This is a civilized society; this does not is not the stone age.

Ruth R. Culp