One of the aid workers, Grace, pleads for help (image courtesy AFP)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, aid workers and other hostages held by Boko Haram insurgents.

The President of the body, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, made the appeal in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, in Abuja on Friday.

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In response to Taku’s cry, Ayokunle said CAN had seen the video by Grace Taku in which she appealed to the Federal Government, CAN, and other well-meaning people to secure her freedom and those of the other five victims abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

It said, “Boko Haram sect sometimes in April this year reportedly kidnapped a National Youth Service Corps member, Abraham Amuta and a cleric with Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), identified as Pastor Moses Oyeleke in Borno State. We have not heard anything about their whereabouts.

“We have heard the prompt response made by the Federal Government to the Save-Our-Soul cry of Grace and we join her in calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, and the security agencies, especially the Department of State Security to secure her freedom, and that of  Leah Sharibu.

“Grace Taku has cried out on behalf of  other hostages, like Amuta and Pastor Moses Oyeleke before it is too late.”

Ayokunle said it strongly believed Sharibu is alive and she and others should be set free, stressing that the government needed to expedite action towards their release.

The CAN President noted any government that cannot guarantee this responsibility may lose the confidence of the citizens.