The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has urged all churches in the country to pray for the freedom of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram on Good Friday.
The organisation also reminded the Federal Government and the security agencies of the need to free Leah and other captives from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Dr. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president said this in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, (Media & Communications), Deacon Adebayo Oladeji in Jos on Wednesday.
He said, “Following the trials, Jesus Christ, though sinless, was scourged by the Roman soldiers, and then forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Way of Sorrow.
“Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected. It is referred to as the Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf.
“What should our attitude be during the Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.
“It is in the light of this,that the leadership of CAN is calling on every Christian nationwide to stand in the gap for that innocent girl, Leah Sharibu, at 12 noon on Good Friday, asking God to send His angels to deliver her from captivity as He did for Apostle Peter who was jailed unjustly.”
Ayokunle said, “It is high time security operatives lived up to the expectations of the people.
“They should stop all the terrorist abductions and the Fulani herdsmen killings or resign from their offices to give room for those who could guarantee our security and safety.”
CAN also called on the Federal Government to put every measure in place to facilitate Leah’s release.
Sharibu was among the 105 female students of Government Science Technical School, Dapchi, Yobe State kidnapped on February 19.