Leah Sharibu: CAN seeks release of Dapchi schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram

Northern chapter of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Friday, appealed to Boko Haram terrorists against killing the adopted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, still in their custody.

Sharibu was one of the about 200 school girls adopted by Boko Haram insurgents from Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier in the year.
While the insurgents released some of the girls, Sharibu was still held captive over her refusal to denounce her Christian faith.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Interfaith Conference in Abuja, the Chairman of CAN in northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam said “for the sake of God”, Boko Haram should release Sharibu and others in captivity.

The clergyman also appealed to the insurgents to “abandon their threat of executing the girl in order the save her family from the agony of losing a child in such a violent circumstance.”

He said, “We are here today the two major religions in Nigeria, Christianity, and Islam. The leaders are here and traditional rulers are also here to discuss about peace ahead of the 2019 general elections and we also find it very important today to address a burning issue that has been disturbing the peace of the country and that is the issue of the abduction of some of our innocent teenagers and young ladies, particularly Leah Sharibu and others and we have heard what the abductors have said.

“We are here as religious leaders and traditional rulers to appeal to the conscience of the abductors of these innocent girls. I know too the mothers have also cried, the families have cried to the abductors of these innocent girls and well-meaning citizens of Nigeria have also cried. We want to appeal to them, please for the sake of God, let them release these innocent girls. They are very innocent and I believe that by doing this Nigeria will appreciate.”

According to Pam, “We heard they said next week is their deadline and that is why in this meeting as we are discussing about the peace of this country, we felt that it is very important and very paramount to talk about this matter. The mother is in agony, the family is in agony and we are appealing to their conscience. Whatever it is, let them be lenient and also allow God to speak to their heart.”

The northern CAN however called on the government to do whatever that is within its powers to ensure that Miss Sharibu is safely released and reunited with her family.

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