On the second anniversary of Dapchi,
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to work harder towards securing the release of 16 year-old Leah Sharibu, who was abducted in Dapchi, Yobe State two years ago, as well other abductees of terrorists groups in the country.
The President made the vow in a statement he issued today to mark the second anniversary of the Dapchi abduction by Boko Haram terrorists.
He said that while efforts are on to rescue all those kidnapped, Nigerians, whether Christians or Muslims must not allow divisions among themselves because they are all children of Abraham.
The statement, signed by Buhari himself, reads:
“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.
“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
“We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.
“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.
“As we as redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God”.