An Islamic cleric of Friday berated Boko Haram terrorists over the abduction and continued detention of Leah Sharibu for refusing to denounce her Faith as a Christian, saying that such action have no basis in genuine Islamic practicesand practice.
The Cleric who is also the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters, Mohammed Khalid, at a joint press conference with the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Yakubu Pam, in Abuja on Friday, called for her immediate release, adding that “ the abductors of Leah Sharibu are on their own and do not represent Islam.”
“We are here to speak on behalf of the bodies of the two main religions, Islam and Christianity. We want the world to understand that these people that are holding our children and other people in captivity are not representing anything, they are on their own. Islam is not asking them to abduct anybody and we the Muslims are going to join hands with anybody to do anything possible to secure Nigerians from their agony.
“We are appealing to them to rethink and revisit their minds so that they will release their captives, especially somebody like Leah Sharibu,” Khalid said.
He said the abductors of Leah Sharibu have no basis to hold her captive since her colleagues whom they were abducted together were released.
The Islamic cleric therefore appealed to the Federal Government to do whatever is necessary and secure the release of Miss Sharibu.
“We are appealing to the government to do anything possible to make sure that no Nigerian is in captivity,” he urged.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Yakubu Pam, also pleaded for the release of Leah Sharibu and all those still being held against their will in the Boko Haram enclave.
“We are here today the two major religions in Nigeria, Christianity and Islam. The leaders are here and traditional rulers are also here to discuss about peace ahead of the 2019 general elections and we also find it very important today to address a burning issue that has been disturbing the peace of the country and that is the issue of the abduction of some of our innocent teenagers and young ladies, particularly Leah Sharibu and others and we have heard what the abductors have said.
“We are here as religious leaders and traditional rulers to appeal to the conscience of the abductors of these innocent girls. I know too the mothers have also cried, the families have cried to the abductors of these innocent girls and well-meaning citizens of Nigeria have also cried. We want to appeal to them, please for the sake of God, let them release these innocent girls. They are very innocent and I believe that by doing this Nigeria will appreciate,” said Pam said.
He called on the abductors of Leah Sharibu to abandon their threat of executing the girl in order to save her family from the agony of losing a child in such a violent circumstance.
“We heard they said next week is their deadline and that is why in this meeting as we are discussing about the peace of this country, we felt that it is very important and very paramount to talk about this matter. The mother is in agony, the family is in agony and we are appealing to their conscience. Whatever it is, let them be lenient and also allow God to speak to their heart,” he stated.
Pam also called on the government to do whatever it can within its powers to ensure that Leah Sharibu is safely released and be reunited with her families.