Northern State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that they would only join in celebrating the release from Saudi Arabian detention, of Zainab Habibu Aliyu until Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from Government Girls Technical Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram is also freed.
In a statement today, Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of the Northern CAN, Rev. Joseph Hayab, canvassed for the swift release of Leah Sharibu, even as he decried the unjust imprisonment of innocent Nigerians who have suffered harsh punishment for offences they have not committed.
“We cannot celebrate the release of Zainab and forget Leah Sharibu who did not commit any crime but has been in captivity for over a year now.
“We, therefore, appeal to President Buhari to direct his security agencies to double their efforts and get Leah released and reunited with her parents. Leah, too, wants to enjoy the protection of her leaders.”
The Christian body insisted that President Buhari should treat all Nigerians equally, adding that the prompt effort by government in the release of Zainab should be sustained for all and in the future, because this is what we want to see from the leaders in this country.
“We are compelled to ask this important question: Are all Nigerians equal or some are more equal than others?
“We are aware that many innocent citizens of our country have been arrested, some killed and others are still in detention; but we have not heard any directives from Mr. President to his Attorney General to take action about them with this kind of urgency.
“If we want our citizens to be proud of their government and country, then we need to show equal concern about what happens to everyone in this country.”