Northern Christian, Muslim Leaders Call For Release Of Leah Sharibu, Others

 

Christian and Muslim leaders in the North on Friday appealed to Boko Haram terrorists to release Leah Sharibu and other schoolgirls in their captivity.

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Chapter, Reverend Yakubu Pam told journalists in Abuja on Friday that the abduction has caused untold hardships on the families of the victims.

“We find it very important to address this boiling issue that has been disturbing the peace of this country. The issue of the adoption of some of our innocent teenage girls, particularly Leah Sharibu and others.

“We have heard what the adopters have said. We are here together as religious leaders and traditional rulers to appeal to the conscience of the adopters of these innocent girls.

“The mothers and families have cried for their release. Citizens of Nigeria have also cried out. We are also appealing to them (the terrorists) to please for the sake of God, release these girls,” he said.

Pam added that the release of the teenage girls by Boko Haram will make not only the parents but Nigerians heave a sigh of relief.

Also at the event, the Imam, Apo legislative quarters mosque, Sheik Mohammed Khalid said it is worrisome that Sharibu is being held on account of her faith. He described the situation as unfortunate.

“We are appealing to them to release those in their captivity especially, Leah Sharibu, We are worried about her in particular because she was abducted with other children, but why should she be left behind, that’s our problem,” he said.

Muslim Leaders Challenge Buhari On Good Governance

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday, November 10, met with Muslim leaders across the nation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Muslim leaders including Jama’atul Nasril Islam group during the meeting prayed for the good health of the president and also called him to maintain good governance and ensure just amongst all groups.

Muslim leaders at the meeting include Secretary General JNI, Dr Khalid Aliyu, National Chairman JIBWIS, Sheikh Bala Lauw, Ibrahim Bauchi, Sheikh Muhammad Jingir and Sheikh Qaribullah, among others.

President Buhari met with leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday after an earlier meeting with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The Christian leaders during the meeting demanded Nigeria’s exit from all religious organisations.

CAN President, Reverend Ayokunle at the meeting also asked the Federal Government to tackle herdsmen attacks in the country.

Herdsmen Attacks: Gov. Okowa Hosts Stakeholders’ Meeting

Herdsmen Attacks, OkowaThe Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has held a forum with stakeholders to foster peaceful co-existence between farmers, host communities and herdsmen in Delta State.

This is part of efforts to reduce the clashes between herdsmen and communities in the state.

The meeting, which took place at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, had as its theme, ‘Fostering Peaceful Co-existence Between Farmers, Host Communities and Herdsmen in Delta State’.

Governor Okowa, while declaring the event open, urged participants to speak freely about the ways out of the quagmire to ensure a peaceful state where the people can carry out their business activities without fear.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, in his speech, called for tolerance, cooperation, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among the people, groups and the local communities.

There was free flow of information from the stakeholders as they spoke about likely suspects, causes of the attacks, their pains and likely solutions.

In their responses, representatives of Miyetti Allah, Miyatti Allah Kautu, Cattle Dealers Association and Cattle Breeders Association suggested that they should be part of the local security to help fish out the bad eggs among the cattle rearers.

The forum resolved that security agents need to be more proactive and arrest anybody caught with arms and prosecute such persons. They agreed that this will ensure that farmers and villagers move about freely without fear of herdsmen attacks.

The State Governor who was the chief moderator, after listening to all the suggestions from stakeholders, said that a committee would be set up to look at all the positions stipulated at the forum in order to find a lasting solution to the menace.

Present at the meeting were representatives of traditional rulers’ council, communities, farmers, local government council chairmen, Miyetti Allah, Miyetti Allah Cattle Dealers Association, Cattle Breeders Association, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim leaders, civil society organisations, the military, Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Nigeria Immigration Service.