By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency intervain for the immediate release of Miss Leah Sharibu, who is still being held by the Boko Haram insurgents because of her faith.
The Public Relations Officer of the CNNC, Larry Yammai, disclosed this at a press briefing on held in Kaduna on Monday.
According to Yammai, the congress is still saddened that Leah is still being held by the insurgents.
‘While, we rejoice that almost all the girls have been released, we are heavily saddened that our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu is been held because of her faith.
“To this end, CNNC strongly condemns this evil tendency and urged Mr President to as a matter of urgency intervene for the immediate release of this young girl.”
Mr. Yammai said CNNC is gladden by the successes that the Nigerian military has achieved against the Boko Haram and ISIS.
“We are however alarmed by the wanton destruction of lives that still characterizes the North-East landscape of the country which is dotted by confusing press releases of how the war has been completely won and the terror group dislodged from their strongholds,” he said.
On the herdsmen killings, the Congress frown at the way the killings were happening continuously almost on a daily basis across the Middle Belt region and parts of some Southern States of the country, using very deadly weapons such as AKA7, with a high level of impunity.
‘This noxious issue has created some pertinent concern: It would appear as if a particular group of people are deliberately targeted for destruction. The consistency with which this occurs raises question in the minds of many objective observers.
“Cattle business is a personal one and so owners of those sinesses should take the options of ranching, paying for the lands to be used just like people interested in farming buy lands to farm.
“CNNC abhors the thought of ‘cattle colonies’ as being suggested in some quarters.”
The Congress commended and appreciates the recent visits of Mr. President to the affected states where killings were prevalent, the visit, the Congress added is bound to have a salutary effect on the people who have been devastated by the wanton killings that was visited on them.
However the Congress pleaded with Mr. President to be practically humane on this bISIS at he saw during the short visit and stop this inhumane activities.
“The sources of the deadly weapons should be checked with the aim of arresting those concerned. The security should confiscate all the weapons and the possessors arrested and persecuted,” it stated.