- The Northern Christian elders have urged Buhari to take advantage of the pressure Boko Haram is under to secure the release of Leah Sharibu and others
- The elders noted that the release of Sharibu and others in B'Haram captivity would be the greatest gift from the Buhari-led administration
- The chairman of the elders' forum called on the Christians to use the season to pray fervently for Nigeria to quickly overcome the coronavirus pandemic
As Christians all over the world celebrate Easter, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to take advantage of Boko Haram's current weakness to secure the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity.
The appeal was made on Saturday, April 11, by the Northern Christian Elders Forum (NOCEF), in an Easter message by its chairman, Engr Ejoga Inalegwu, The Sun reports.
According to the northern elders, the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram's custody would be the greatest gift from President Buhari's administration.
Inalegwu while calling on the Christians to celebrate the season at home, urged them to use the season to pray fervently for the country to quickly overcome the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country.
The statement reads in part: “While wishing Nigerians a happy Easter celebration, we continue to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to take advantage of the pressure under which Boko Haram is now, and facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls still in their custody.
“Coronavirus has upset our economy, our social system and the way we interact has changed. We must embrace these changes to prevent the spread of the disease as we pray,” he charged.
“We call on our brethren in states where there is a lockdown, to celebrate in their homes, while also adhering strictly to the guidelines against the spread of the disease."
Legit.ng previously reported that the mother of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi school-girl remaining in Boko Haram captivity, Rebecca Sharibu, has doubted the commitment of the President Buhari-led government to securing the release of her daughter from Boko Haram terrorists.
Sharibu, who spoke in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, said she had serious doubt that Buhari was serious about securing the release of her daughter. Read more:
In a related development, Nigerians have been urged by President Buhari to imbibe and live the values of humility, discipline, perseverance, sacrifice, and obedience that Jesus Christ demonstrated during His stay on earth.
This was contained in the president's 2020 Easter message to Nigerians released on Friday, April 10. The president who rejoiced with Christians said this year's celebration is coming at a time the world is struggling with the COVID-19 which is holding it to ransom.
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