His Eminence, Dr Samson Ayokunle, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to show great commitment to the fight against terrorism by ensuring the safe release of Grace Taku, Miss Leah Sharibu, and other captives in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
He said this in a statement, which was issued to the press by the Special Media Assistant to CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji. In the statement, CAN declared its disbelief in rumours that Leah Sharibu is dead. They went further to recall the abduction of two persons in April, the zonal pastor of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Abraham Amuta. They claimed they have not heard anything about the whereabouts or welfare of these people.
The statement partly reads:
"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 (DSS) 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 getting too late.
"We urge the Federal Government to expedite action toward the captives’ release, as in that of Dapchi girls except Leah Sharibu. We believe strongly that Leah Sharibu is still alive, hail and hearty and she and others must be set free from the captivity. Enough of paying lips service to the menace of security challenges in the country.
“We have been calling for a total overhauling of the security apparatus of the country; and we have also asked the developed nations to assist Nigeria in combating the challenges before the country becomes unbearable.
For the 10 years Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria, they have claimed over 25,000 lives and shown no sign of surrendering arms. The terrorist group emerged as an activist for 'the Sharia law' but has since evolved to one of the world's most active terrorist groups. The actions and killings of the group have been termed as religious/political propaganda to destabilize the country for being largely a Christian state and not an Islamic one.