CAN Demands Leah Sharibu's Release, Say Nigeria Not Independent
Leah’s schoolmates say she was not released because she refused to denounce her Christian faith (photo credit: Sahara Reporters)

The Christian Association of Nigeria and a civil society, the Catalysts for Global Peace and Justice Initiative has again called for the release of Leah Sharibu.

Leah, a schoolgirl from Dapchi in Yobe State, has been in Boko Haram’s den. She was among schoolgirls abducted by the terror group earlier this year.

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This was, however, not freed when her mates were released, over her refusal to denounce her faith.

However, the CJN and CAN have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure she is freed from her captors.

The bodies noted this in Abuja during a joint press briefing where it urged the federal government to deploy all resources to curb insurgency in the West African nation.

“It is time to wake up, especially with the ultimatum placed on the life of Sharibu,” the CJN convener Abraham Aiyedogbon said.

“I feel as pained, angry and disturbed as the parents of this girl. Our demand is that the government should rise to carry out its constitutional duties.

“They have no basis campaigning when they couldn’t protect the future of the nation. What are you promising us when you couldn’t protect the least of our citizens; the future of the nation?

“So, what are you promising us if you couldn’t deliver on promises to stop insecurity? Everything should be suspended until this rescue is achieved.”

According to him, “There is no independence; there is no freedom. We are all in captivity. You cannot be in captivity and be carrying out activities as usual.

“We are worried by the threat by the Boko Haram to kill abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, and two female workers in their custody.

“We are also disturbed by the regularity and mindlessness with which herdsmen attack and kill innocent people in some parts of the country.

“We are alarmed at the inability of security agencies to arrest the activities of kidnappers, ritual killers and the insurgents.”

He thus called “on the Federal Government to do all within its power to ensure the immediate release of Leah Sharibu.

“It is bad enough that following the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, the Buhari administration still allowed a recurrence in February 2018 with the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls.”