Rev Israel Akanji, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), FCT Chapter, has condemned the murder of a preacher, Mrs Eunice Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja, describing it as a barbaric act of wickedness.
Akanji told news conference in Abuja on Wednesday that CAN expressed great displeasure at the occurrence and called for a peaceful demonstration to express their condemnation.
The FCT CAN president also described the act as worrisome and could be interpreted as disallowing the right of speech and worship, which the Nigerian constitution defends.
“The circumstances surrounding the killing of this woman is an action in an evil encroachment on the peace which has existed in the FCT.
“We believe that this woman went out on her normal morning preaching as the peaceful environment has allowed.
“If there was no peace she will not preach as she did on the fateful day she died.
“There is need to nip this unacceptable behaviour in the board so that it will not infringe on the peace that is there already.’’
He called on the Federal Government to act convincingly about occurrence of similar issue to show that it was strongly unacceptable in the country.
“ The act of brutality like, if not immediately and firmly checked, can escalate in frequency, intensity and sophistication.
“This is not just to cover what has happened but the government should put all things in place to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of such.
“Those who are culprits and wickedly take the lives of others should always be ready to face the law’’, Akanji said.
He called on Christians to be calm and allow the peace of God to reign in their hearts and on the issue.
He assured Christians that the FCT Minister and all the security agencies would ensure that such act was averted. (NAN)