By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The leadership of the United Church of Christ in Nations, (HEKAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to intensify effort in rescuing the remaining Chibok and Dapchi school girls especially Leah Sharibu who on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 clocked a year in the hands of her abductors.
President of the Church, Reverend Amos Kiri, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Kiri, said February 19, marks exactly three hundred and sixty five days since the over one hundred school girls were abducted in Dapchi Yobe state in North East Nigeria, weeks later some of the girls were returned back to the area, leaving Leah Sharibu in the hands of her abductors following her refusal to denounced her Christian faith
“Honestly each time I remember the incident I always feel bad, as a father I can’t imagine my daughter been somewhere I don’t know for a complete year, but always hearing one story or the other about her release.
“In as much as we, as a Church have sympathise with the Leah’s family and the nation at large over the unholy act that took place one year ago, we are still aappealing to the Federal Government and all security agencies to do more to eadded the quick and safe return of Leah Sharibu,” he added.
On his part, the General Secretary of the Church, Reverend Musa Yahaya, while condemning the long stay of Leah in the Boko Haram’s net, said leaders at all levels have a big role to play in ensuring her the quick release.
“Religious, Traditional, Community and Political leaders have a role to play in tackling the Insecurity challenge that has bedeviled our nation in recent times.
“This is our trying moment as a nation and we must as a people and a nation work together towards ensuring lasting peace in our country.”
The HEKAN President also commended the Federal Government and all security agencies for working hard to rid the nation of all security challenges.
The HEKAN leadership further appealed to all Nigerians to continue to pray for the peace of the nation and the success of the re-scheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections coming this Saturday and that of March 9, 2019.