- The Christian Association of Nigeria in the north wants President Buhari to investigate the story of Leah Sharibu's giving birth to a baby boy
- The religious body also tasked Buhari to secure the release of the abducted girl immediately, with or without the alleged baby
- CAN insisted that Leah remains a good and worthy ambassador of Jesus Christ who is being persecuted for her faith, adding that whatever is being done to her is under duress and brute force
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the north, Rev Yakubu Pam, has tasked the federal government and security agencies to do all they can to ensure Leah Sharibu is rescued and reunited with her family immediately either with a baby or not as demanded by her parents.
Pam in a statement in Jos on Sunday, January 26, which was made available to newsmen in Jos, said the news making the rounds that Leah had given birth to a baby boy for a Boko Haram commander came to the Northern Christian community as a shock and should be investigated by the federal security agencies.
He particularly called on President Buhari to verify this claim to authenticate the source of the story and if confirmed to be true, should do all within his power to negotiate the release of Leah without further delay from the Boko Haram's den.
According to him, Leah remains a good and worthy ambassador of Jesus Christ that is being persecuted by Boko Haram insurgents on account of her faith, insisting that whatever might have happened to her in the cause of her captivity in the Boko Haram's den in the last two years, could have been under duress and brute force by the insurgents.
"Leah is not married to any Boko haram commander as claimed by the insurgents,” Pam stressed.
Pam said the situation Miss Sharibu found herself in the Boko Haram's den is not what any girl child could wish to experience in her lifetime or wish to happen to any other girl child from the southern part of the country.
The northern Christian leader stressed that the church in the north is still behind the position of Leah's parents whose demand at the moment is for the release of their daughter either with a baby or no baby born to a Boko Haram commander.
Pam tasked Northern parents and religious leaders to bring up their children and followers with the fear of the Lord in their hearts so that they don’t turn out in the nearest future nuisance to the society as being witnessed under the current ugly situation in the Northeast of the country.
The northern CAN chairman said Leah remains a Christian girl that was kidnapped and not released at the same time with other kidnapped schoolgirls on the ground of her Christian faith.
Pam said Miss Sharibu at this stage of her life should be released to her parents without further delay to enable her go through trauma healing from the ugly experience she had gone through in the last two years in the hands of her captors.
He warned the insurgents to turn a new leaf from their wicked ways and seek forgiveness from God over the hardship they have caused many.
In a similar development, a cleric in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, Rt. Reverend Yohana Audu, said he is personally saddened by the development which he described as the failure of the government to secure Leah's release long ago. He, however, remained optimistic that what matters at this time is the safe and prompt return of the girl.
Also, the Yobe state chapter of CAN, through its secretary, Reverend Bright Ogbasiegbe, said they are disappointed by the latest development but called for thorough investigation while praying for a safe and quick return of Leah.
The Christian community in the state urged the federal government to intensify efforts to rescue Leah, TVC News reports.
February 19 will make it two years since Leah has been in the den of her captors.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Leah who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Dapchi, Yobe state, allegedly gave birth to a baby boy.
An anonymous source cited by Daily Trust said the young lady put to bed in the early hours of Saturday, January 25.
Leah who was 14 years old when she was kidnapped in 2018 has been held hostage by the insurgents for allegedly refusing to renounce her Christian faith when her colleagues were released.
Since Leah's abduction, there have been calls from local and international bodies urging the Nigerian government to secure her release and that of other captives.
The Nigerian government has also been recently advised by the UN, in the face of the renewed attacks by the insurgents, to consider exploring political solutions, apart from the military strategy, to put an end to the insurgency.
Among other recent attacks and killings, the terrorists on Sunday, January 26, bombed a Mosque in Gwoza, Borno state.
The twin suicide bombers of the extremist group attacked the Mosque, killing a 12-year-old child and leaving many people injured.
A security source said the suicide bombers forced their way into the mosque while prayer was ongoing.
Already, soldiers from 192 battalion of the Nigerian Army have cordoned off the worship place.
However, the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, described the attacks as the last kicks of a dying horse.
The Army boss disclosed this after the European parliament claimed there has not been progress in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
He consequently called on respected bodies not to make pronouncement that can affect the fight against insurgency.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has given an assurance that terrorism in the northeastern part of Nigeria will in no time become a thing of the past.
The president gave this assurance on Friday, January 24, as he received Janez Lenarcic, the European Union (EU)'s commissioner from crisis management in Abuja.
He said that just like in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, the insurgency in the region will definitely be defeated, although it might time some time.
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