President Muhammadu Buhari says, government will continue to work hard on securing the release of citizens of the country abducted by terrorists.
In a statement issued on the second anniversary of the kidnapping of some school girls form a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, the President declared:
“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.”
The Nigerian leader noted that nobody has the right to enforce his religion on any citizen of the country, as freedom of worship is a fundamental right of all Nigerians.
He stressed that terrorists cannot divide the country on religious, ethnic or any other ground.
“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 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”.
110 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State were kidnapped by boko haram terrorists on February 19, 2018 but government later secured the release of 107 of them with the help of some international organisations.