CAN accuses FG of double standard as Saudi releases Zainab Aliyu
* Demands similar gesture for Leah Sharibu
By Steve Oko
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government of double standard following its role in the release of the Nigerian student, Ms Zainab Aliyu, detained by Saudi Arabia government for alleged drug trafficking.
CAN’s grouse against the federal government was that where as it allegedly facilitated the release of Aliyu a Muslim held for drug trafficking, it has not demonstrated similar concern over the fate of Leah Sharibu, the only Christian student among Dapchi school girls abducted by Boko Haram who has remained in its custody because of her faith.
While CAN, Northern State chapter, commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration for it’s prompt intervention which resulted in the release of alleged the drug trafficker, it wants similar efforts extended to Sharibu.
Wawa News Global recalls that the 14-year-old Leah Sharibu was kidnapped on February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram terrorists, from her school, Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state.
She was abducted alongside 109 other girls who have since been returned by the terrorists on a convoy in a broad daylight after payment of ransom by government.
However, while other girls were released, Sharibu was denied freedom for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and embrace Islam.
CAN wondered if Nigerians are still equal and challenged Buhari to show that the life of Sharibu who committed no crime also mattered.
A statement by CAN obtained by Wawa News Global read in part :“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.
“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.”
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