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Leah Sharibu: CAN’s stand petty – Ishaq Oloyede

The Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Ishaq Oloyede has condemned the threat by the Christian Association of Nigeria of impending war if abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu is not rescued from Boko Haram captivity.

Oloyede, speaking at the first annual Ramadan lecture of The Point newspaper held at the headquarters of Lagos Television (LTV), Ikeja, Lagos noted that the threat of war by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the Leah Sharibu issue was uncalled for.

CAN had warned that there may be religious war in Nigeria should Sharibu die in captivity.

The call by CAN, Oloyede said, was akin to playing into the hands of the terrorist group.

Sharibu was among the 112 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19.

While her colleagues were released, she remained in custody of the terrorist group, reportedly because she declined to denounce Christianity.

“Whose interests was the call by CAN serving?

“Leah Sharibu is a precious, principled lady and her immediate family would not support such dangerous call.

“Her abduction is painful, the NSCIA has been making frantic efforts to resolve the conundrum and reunite the lady with her family.

“We call on all people of conscience to rise above pettiness and find solution to the crises bedevilling the nation,” he said.

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