Religious leaders under the aegis of Interfaith Initiative for Peace (IIP) on Friday in Abuja appealed to the abductors of Leah Sharibu to release the girl and abandon their threat of executing her. The leaders made the appeal on the sideline of a Peace conference organised by IIP towards the 2019 general elections.
IIP is jointly founded by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Saad Abubakar and the Catholic Arch Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam said the abductors should abandon their threat in order the save Sharibu’s family from the agony of losing a child in such a violent circumstance.
Pam called on the government to do whatever it can within its powers to ensure the girl is safely released and reunited with her family.
The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters’ Mosque in Abuja, Sheikh Mohmamed Khalid also noted that the abductors of Sharibu were on their own and they did not represent Islam.
Boko Haram abducted Leah Sharibu and 109 other girls from their school in Dapchi on February 19, 2018. While most of the girls have been released, Leah has remained in captivity, and her abductors have threatened to kill her this month.