The killing of Usman Buda, a butcher in Sokoto, by religious extremists on blasphemy charges was denounced on Thursday by the Christian Association of Nigeria.
CAN urged the government to guarantee the protection of every citizen’s rights, irrespective of their religious affiliations.
In a statement released in Abuja, CAN President Daniel Okoh expressed his condolences to the deceased’s friends and family.
“According to reports reaching us, Usman Buda was brutally killed over an alleged blasphemous comment,” he said. CAN firmly supports religious liberty and nonviolently expressing one’s convictions. We therefore condemn any form of violence or “jungle justice” committed in the name of a religion.
“This tragic incident highlights the urgent need for increased efforts to promote religious tolerance, peace, and unity in our diverse society. CAN will continue to promote the defence of all citizens’ rights, regardless of their relationship to a particular religion.
“We implore religious leaders and adherents to encourage interfaith conversation and harmonious coexistence for a peaceful Nigeria. During this trying time, our hearts go out to Usman Buda’s family.