In response to a call by an aid worker in Boko Haram captivity, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the release of all hostages.
The Christian body said it had seen the video of the six humanitarian workers who were abducted by insurgents in Northeast Nigeria, calling on the government and CAN to come to their rescue.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, in a statement on Friday, called on the government and security agencies to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, Grace Taku and other hostages held by Boko Haram terrorists before it is too late.
Ayokunle also expressed believe that Leah Sharibu is still alive despite the statement of the aid worker.
He noted that the primary duty of any serious government is the security of lives and property of the people, adding that any government that cannot guarantee this responsibility may lose the confidence of the citizens.
He 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.”
CAN 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 group also restated calls for the overhaul of the nation’s security apparatus, noting that roads are unsafe “as kidnappers, terrorists, killer herdsmen and bandits are operating with impunity.”