- Jeremiah Useni, a retired general, calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the release of some Plateau state indigenes captures by Boko Haram
- The retired general says it is painful that some Plateau state indigenes were recently captured by the insurgents in Borno state
- Useni notes that it is disturbing that the kidnappings are tied to religious differences and as revenge for other killings outside Nigerian borders
Jeremiah Useni, a retired general in the Nigerian Army has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to use his experience and training in the army in securing the release of some Plateau state indigenes captured by Boko Haram insurgents.
The retired general made the demand in reaction reports that a Plateau state indigene, Jennifer Ukambong Samuel and others from the state were recently abducted Boko Haram in Borno state.
Useni in a statement through his media consultant, Yiljap Abraham, said it was painful that the Plateau state indigenes were captured by the insurgents, Vanguard reports.
He said some persons like Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both from Mangu local government area of the state had lost their lives at the hands of the insurgents in Borno state.
Usani noted that it was disturbing that the kidnappings and killings by the insurgents are tied to religious differences and as revenge for other killings outside the Nigerian borders.
“I call on the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to impress it on the Armed forces and all security services, the good people of Borno and surrounding States, as well as friendly nations to secure the release of Miss Samuel as well as the freedom of many other Nigerians in captivity," he said.
He urged President Buhari to put an end to the impunities by the insurgents who he accused of wanting to keep the country in perpetual fear.
“I am also disturbed by a report that another Plateau citizen Bashir Abdulhamid with the Primary Health Care Department of Kanam LGA is among those captured by the insurgents. Bashir’s family and all of us must remain calm and strengthened in the hope that his ordeal will help to raise the kind of aid and action that will give peace to our land and our hearts,” Useni said.
Meanwhile, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has reportedly expressed anger over the killing of 11 Christians on Christmas Day by Boko Haram insurgents.
Recall that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram terrorists, had released a video showing 13 men out of whom 11 were reportedly killed.
The Nation reports that the NCEF was furious with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the president should be held responsible for the terrorist killings.
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