The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has on today bemoan the news of the release of the five suspects accused of killing a 74 year old Christian woman in Kano, Mrs Bridget Agbahime who was murdered sometime in June, 2016.
“This is a highly provocative and insultive act on our collective sensitivities as a democratic nation if the newspapers reports are? correct,” Evang. Barr. Kwamkur Samuel CAN Director Legal and Public Affairs, noted in a statement.
CAN said it “condemns the continuous act of killing of innocent Nigerians under the pretense of blasphemy and considers the willful absence of justice for victims of these mindless killings in Nigeria by the relevant authorities as a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation.
“The now-familiar tradition of avoidance to arrest or properly investigate and prosecute cases involving the deliberate killing of innocent Nigerians is evidence of a scripted plan to operate another nation within the Nigerian state and to deny justice to those who truly deserve justice.
“The cardinal responsibility of Government to protect the lives and property of the citizens is sacrosanct and must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious convenience.
“As it stands today, there is no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretense of blasphemy in Nigeria despite the number of victims and incontrovertible facts showing that those killings were done in daylight and mostly by persons who live within the communities where these heinous crimes were committed.”
CAN urged Kano State Government and the Inspector General of Police to execute justice on behalf of the victim.
It warned that the act of condoning crass criminality in the name of blasphemy deserved greater attention and broader treatment.
CAN, however, sympathized with the family of the Kano victim and assured that the pursuit of justice is a noble task of all well-meaning citizens working together toward a more decent and better society.
“As the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, we will not relent in our effort to ensure that justice is served on the religiously intolerant and to ensure that all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their faith, social status and where they come from,” the statement concluded.