CAN reacts as Saudi Arabia releases Zainab Aliyu, urges FG not to forget Leah Sharibu

CAN reacts as Saudi Arabia releases Zainab Aliyu, urges FG not to forget Leah Sharibu

- CAN has congratulated the parents of Zainab Aliyu for their daughter’s release from Saudi Arabia's detention

- The Christian organisation also commended the federal government for the role it played in Zainab’s release

- The religious body also used the opportunity to remind the federal government of the need to secure the release of Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram's den

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern state chapter, has reacted to the release of Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian lady, wrongfully detained by the Saudi Arabian government.

The religious body congratulated the parents of Ms Aliyu for their daughter’s release from Saudi Arabia's detention, Vanguard reports.

"CAN Northern states rejoices with the parents of Zainab Aliyu and the government of our country for securing her release after she was arrested and detained in Saudi Arabia for allegations of drug trafficking.

"It is sad that many innocent Nigerians are suffering for a crime they know nothing about," CAN said in a statement signed by the public relations officer, Northern CAN, Rev. Joseph Hayab, on Tuesday, April 30.

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The organisation also commended the federal government for the role it played in Zainab’s release and decried the unjust imprisonment of innocent Nigerians abroad.

“This prompt effort by government is commendable and should be sustained for all and in the future, because this is what we want to see from our leaders in this country," the statement continued.

CAN, however, also used the opportunity to remind the federal government that Leah Sharibu, the Chibok secondary school girl, who has been in Boko Haram captivity since last year, also deserves to be rescued.

“But as we rejoice about this development, we are also compelled to ask this important question: Are all Nigerians equal or some are more equal than others?

“We are aware that many innocent citizens of our country have been arrested, some killed and others are still in detention; but we have not heard any directives from Mr President to his Attorney General to take action about them with this kind of urgency.

“If we want our citizens to be proud of their government and country, then we need to show equal concern about what happens to everyone in this country.

“We cannot also celebrate the release of Zainab and forget Leah Sharibu who did not commit any crime but has been in captivity for over a year now.

“We, therefore, appeal to President Buhari to direct his security agencies to double their efforts and get Leah released and reunited with her parents.

“Leah, too, wants to enjoy the protection of her leaders,” the statement concluded.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigeria Mission in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, April 30, disclosed that the detained Ms Aliyu had been released.

Zainab's release came after President Buhari directed the attorney general of the federation to take necessary action on her detention by Saudi Arabia.

It was learnt she was falsely accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in December 2018 with Tramadol, a banned substance.

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