A Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not doing enough to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.
He also said Christians in the country were being marginalised.
Kayode disclosed this on Tuesday while presenting a paper, titled “Good Governance in Nigeria today: A crucial role of the Church”, held at the Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT), Jos, Plateau State.
“What we can do is to go back to our churches and encourage our people that we must speak to our government and tell the government to do the right thing for people like Leah Sharibu who, as far as I am concerned, was abandoned by this government.
“I don’t believe for one minute that they have pushed hard enough for her to be freed, she was the only Christian among those girls that was not freed, and they came out boldly and said because she is a Christian she will not be freed and I expect the Government to do far more than what they are doing.
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“This a blow on this government, it is a spiritual wound on this government because over a hundred million Christians in this country actually believe that if you are captured by these evil men, if you are kidnapped and carried away that they will not care about you because you are a Christian, meanwhile they care about the Muslims and ensure that the Muslims are freed, that is not acceptable and it is something that we should stand against,” he said.
He said Christians have been a target of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen who have killed women, children and the aged in the past years.
“The church has to set an example by coming together as one to encourage Christians all over the country, we have over 100 million of Christians in this country, we need a strong church and a church that does not only show, but cares.
“I believe that the Christian community in this country have said all they can possibly say; Christians are not in charge of security agencies, Christians are not in charge of the judiciary, Christians are not in charge of the Executive, Christians are not in charge of the Legislature, Christians are not in charge of anything in this country any more.
“We must be sensitive as Christians to the challenges that Christians are facing in Nigeria, if we want peace in Nigeria, then nobody should torment, marginalize, enslave or attempt to destroy the Christian faith.
“The target on Christians is unacceptable, by any group of people or those that for any other reason don’t want to see them alive is unacceptable.
“We need to come together and urge our Government to do something in that direction to ensure that the safety and security of this country is guaranteed”, he stressed.
Edo Assembly Orders Closure Of Bank Accounts
Edo Assembly has ordered closure of all accounts of the House.
The new Speaker Victor Edoror gave the directive at its first sitting in Benin.
He also told the executives to stay clear of activities of the House.
Edo Assembly Swears In 12 APC Members In An Undisclosed Location
Twelve members of the Edo state house of Assembly loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC have been sworn-in on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in Edo state.
It will be recalled that the Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki ordered a ‘renovation’ of the Edo state house of assembly on Wednesday afternoon in order to quell an alleged plot to impeach him.
For several months now, Obaseki has actively worked to prevent the inauguration of the lawmakers in order to maintain ‘control’ over the assembly.
Following a fallout with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole, Obaseki ensured that the lawmakers were not inaugurated in order to prevent Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the state legislature.
Below are photographs from the swearing-in ceremony.
Edo Assembly Shut Down, Roofs Removed As Obaseki Fingers Oshiomhole, Uzodinma In Police Invasion
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of being responsible for the police invasion of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday.
Obaseki accused Oshiomhole and Uzodinma of trying to cause tension in Edo ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The governor spoke to BBC Pidgin through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday.
Obaseki and the Edo Assembly Speaker were said to have stormed the complex and ordered the police out of the premises to prevent “forceful takeover” of the assembly.
According to reports, the speaker subsequently gave an order of no entry into the assembly complex.
It was learnt that shortly after Obaseki and the speaker left the complex, some trucks started to deliver stones and sands at the premises.
Some youths were also seen pulling down the roofs of the assembly complex to indicate commencement of renovation work at the premises.
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