The National Coordinator of the Prayer Force Network, Ambassador John Pofi has described the manner in which a female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto identified as Deborah was gruesomely murdered as barbaric, animalistic and dehumanizing.
Ambassador Pofi made this known in a statement he issued personally to journalists following reports and amature video footages of the unfortunate incident.
Ambassador Pofi said that the incident speaks volumes of the religious intolerance of the perpetrators of such a heinous act, while questioning why a human being created by God will fight for God, stressing that God has many ways of dealing with everyone. Ambassador Pofi while expressing outrage over the unfortunate incident pointed out the level of ignorance, illiteracy and lack of knowledge of worship books demonstrated by those who killed Miss Deborah on over allegations of blasphemy.
Ambassador Pofi noted that Miss Deborah was not the first to be murdered in cold blood due to religious intolerance, stressing that the history of such is long as well as the list of those who died as a result of same issue under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which he accused of being weak and incapacitated in such issues.
Ambassador Pofi said that he wept when he saw pictures and videos of a young man supposedly a student of the college displaying a match box and proudly sating he was the one that burnt her, while also questioning if Life in Nigeria has become he cheapest thing.
He saluted the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah who said “…the only obligation that is owed her immediate family, fellow students and the school authority is the assurance that those who are guilty of this inhumane act, no matter their motivation, are punished according to the law of the land.”
Ambassador Pofi lamented the way and manner Islamic Scholars in Sokoto and he entire North have made incisive statements following the killing and why security agencies are yet to arrest any of such, stressing that if it were a Christian Cleric that had made such dangerous statements, such would have been behind bars, adding that the level of religious intolerance against Christians under the APC administration is at its all time high.
Ambassador Pofi demanded immediate justice of the deceased, while also reminding Nigerians of Mrs Bridget Agbahimes who was killed in Kano on 2nd June 2016, who were freed in July of same year and also Evangelist Eunice Elisha who was killed on Saturday 9th July 2016 in the suburb of Abuja the Nation’s Capital.
He called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to stamp its feet on the ground until justice is served according to the laws of Nigeria.