Chibok girls: Group wants Sunday, Friday declared National Thanksgiving Day
The National Inter-faith and religious Organisation of Nigeria for Peace has called on Christians and Muslim faithful in the country to use today and next Friday, to offer thanksgiving to God for the release of 21 Chibok girls.
National coordinator of the group, Bishop Musa Fomson, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, urged Nigerians to also pray for an end to terrorism championed by Boko Haram, and other such forms of insurgency in the country.
According to Fonsom, who is also the general overseer of Spring of Life Assembly, although more of the girls still remain in captivity, the release of this first batch has raised hopes of the return of the remaining ones.
“We should pray for God to touch and soften the heart of those holding the remaining girls to also release them unhurt to their families,” he said, adding, “Our belief is that whatever efforts we make as humans it will make tremendous impact when we commit them to God. We must thus unite our faiths in making supplications to God for the safe return of the remaining schoolgirls.
“Our hope is that this development marks the start of national healing. We understand how the collective anguish over the girls’ abduction led to tempers flaring up across various divides. A lot of hurt was felt, not just by the biological parents, or guardians of the students but parents across the land. The lesson for all of us is that progress was made when we ceased hostility towards each other. A breakthrough came when President Muhammadu Buhari, was allowed to focus on delivering on his promise to bring back the girls.