By Samuel Adegoke
The Nigerian Baptist Convention has described as infamous and satanic the rumour making the rounds on social media that the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Supo Ayokunle, supported the verdict of execution of a Kano singer by a Sharia court.
The Convention spoke in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday by its Public Relation Officer, Pastor Eben Durodola.
“The attention of the Nigerian Baptist Convention has been drawn to a false report going viral on social media and online news concerning a comment ascribed to the President of our Convention and Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Supo Ayokunle.
“An online news platform reported that the CAN President endorsed the execution of a Kano singer by Sharia law.
“It should be noted that the President of CAN, who is also the head of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, did not grant any interview with any media organisation by giving endorsement to the death sentence.
“He will not do anything against the wishes of Nigerians and the stand of Christians in Nigeria,” Durodola said.
The statement frowned against what it described as “the satanic news item (that) the enemy of peace in Nigeria are circulating.”
“The Nigerian Baptist Convention also join other well-meaning Nigerians to call on the authority concerned to exercise restrain in the execution of the singer,” he added.
Durodola urged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State to exercise his prerogative of mercy over the young singer, adding: “President Ayokunle has been consistent in his call for a just and peaceful society where the right of everybody will be respected and to put an end to wanton killings.
“Nigerians are urged to disregard the infamous and satanic publication.
“The Nigerian Baptist Convention will continue to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and will not in any way support anything that will terminate the life of anybody unjustly.”