Deborah Samuel: Christian youths threaten not to vote unsympathetic politicians in 2023
As some presidential aspirants are mum on the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah Samuel in Sokoto college by some Muslim colleagues, the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has threatened not to vote affected politicians during the 2023 elections.
Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Home Economics in Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed last week by extremists and set ablaze.
Deborah from Niger State was said to have advised her classmates against posting religious materials on their WhatsApp page, an advised that offended the fundamentalists.
Persecondnews reports that except Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who openly condemned the gruesome murder through his verified twitter handle, other leading presidential aspirants have so far kept mute.
The likes of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar had earlier condemned the killing of the female student but was compelled to delete his tweets over threat by the Islamic youth to reject him at the polls.
But in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the National Chairman of the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Belusochukwu Enweres, said any politician who failed to mourn with the nation, especially the Christians, in this trying time should forget their votes in 2023.
“Today is the fourth day Miss Deborah Samuel was killed by Muslim extremist students who chose to take laws into their hands, and yet most of our Nigerian political class who are gunning to lead us as a country failed to condemn or to commiserate with the bereaved family.
“Even after killing Deborah, the miscreants continued to destroy people’s properties, burning church facilities and going from house to house intimidating peaceful Christians.
“The security agencies should do the needful before this becomes a religious war.
“This is nauseating and disheartening indeed. Any politician who failed to mourn with the nation, especially the Christians, in this sorrowful time should forget our votes in 2023.
“We will mobilise Christian youths across the nooks and crannies of the country to ensure that such persons are stopped because he or she will be a misrepresentation of the nation,” the statement said.
Enweres reminded the politicians that Nigeria is a secular state, not a religious nation.
“We call on all Christian youths to continue to be peaceful and not take laws into their hands.
“God must surely fight to avenge the killing of Deborah. Her death will unearth the evil agenda of the wicked ones in Nigeria.”