The Federal Government of Nigeria has been asked to fish out and take decisive action against the killers of Pastor Shuaibu Yohanna, in Kano.
Naija News understands that the said pastor who was the spiritual head of the New Life for All Nations Church in Masu, a community in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano was murdered in his house by the yet to be identified assailants.
The assailants according to reports, attacked the church building, its staff office and school, and also destroyed the pastor’s house during the incident.
Reacting to the incident in a statement made available to newsmen, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, under the joint leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and the CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, said there’s no reason enough to justify the gruesome killing of the clergyman.
The two bodies charged men and women of goodwill to rise up against religious intolerance across the country.
The council demanded that criminal elements who go about killing their fellow citizens unjustly under the guise of religion should be made to face the wrath of the law.
The statement signed on their behalf by NIREC’s Executive Secretary, Fr. Prof. Cornelius Omonokhua, read: “The Council received the sad news from the Kano State Branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, that Pastor Shuaibu Yohanna was murdered by some irate youths of Masu community where he had lived and pastored the New Life for All Nations Church for about 10 years.”
Commending the leadership of the Kano State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the assistant coordinator, CAN, Sumaila LGA for being proactive in visiting Masu to manage and checkmating further conflicts and reprisal, NIREC called on the citizens of Kano and Nigeria to continue to strive for peaceful coexistence in the various communities of the nation.
It said: “We also appreciate the role of the security agents in ensuring peace by protecting lives and property in the community. Those who did not take the law into their own hands by contacting the DPO of Gani Police Division are well appreciated. NIREC condemns the killing of the pastor, the attack on the church building, school, staff office and the destruction of his house. No reason can justify this criminality.
“We, therefore, condole with the family of Pastor Shuaibu Yohanna and pray that God grant him eternal repose. We also pray that those arrested and all those involved in this criminal act must be seen to be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.
NIREC appeals to the Kano State command of the Nigeria Police Force to honestly do the needful. We also call on all the relevant security agencies to properly investigate this gruesome murder and ensure that those found culpable are made to face justice.
“We call for calm as NIREC is already in touch with Rev. Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, CAN Chairman, Kano State; and the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to find the way forward out of this unfortunate incident.”