‘Rescue of Chibok girls symbolises the supreme power of Allah’
• NSCIA calls for release of other girls
• MURIC tasks govt on rehabilitation of rescued captives
As Nigerians continue to celebrate the rescue of the two Chibok girls amid concerns, the Muslims Umah believes that the rescue of the girls is a testimony to the supremacy of the power of Allah, urging Nigerians to intensify prayers for the release of others.
Indeed, the faithful are raising hope that the other girls in captivity might be rescued soon if the Nigerian Army intensifies it efforts in the rescue mission.
The President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has lauded the feat achieved by the troops, but said it was not yet a complete success, until other girls are brought back home alive.
The Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Ishaq Akintola, appeal to the Federal Government to properly and fully rehabilitate the girls.
“It is reassuring that President Buhari has declared that Amina Ali would go back to school. We suggest that FG should give scholarship to all rescued Chibok girls up to tertiary level,” he said.
Amina Ali Nkeke was reported to have been rescued on Wednesday 18th May, 2016, while Serah Lukah wa found onThursday, May 19, 2016.
Sultan, in a statement signed by the Secretary-General, NSCIA, Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede said: “The delight about this news is due to the hope it has brought to Nigerians, especially the parents of the Chibok girls, that it is actually possible to rescue the girls who were criminally abducted on April 14, 2014 and that the efforts of the Federal Government on this critical national and international embarrassment have begun to yield results.
“It is also sad that the 19-year old girl, Amina Ali Nkeke is now a mother contrary to her will and that of her parents while Serah Lukah would also have been subjected to abuse in captivity.
“While rejoicing with the parents of the found girls and Nigerians at large on the success of this important rescue mission, the council strongly believes that the joy can only be meaningful if all hands are on deck to rescue the remaining girls from the satanic terrorists keeping them in custody.
“In line with the submission of an African leader who believed that the freedom of his country was meaningless until other African countries were free from colonialism, we aver that the rescue of two out of over 200 girls is still far below expectation despite being a significant step forward.
“To us, the rescue symbolizes the power of Allah and a fulfilment of His promise to answer the prayers of the distressed and traumatized. It is our fervent belief that the remaining girls, with our unceasing prayers and abiding faith in the Almighty, would also be rescued alive by His Divine Grace,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NSCIA praise the courage and gallantry of the Nigerian military forces in the Joint Task Force and their civilian partners on this significant achievement.
“The whole world attests to the huge sacrifice being made by the military in frontally confronting the evil perpetrators of the dastardly acts of terror such that peace is now returning to the Northeast region. We insist that no effort should be spared in bringing the remaining girls safely home now that the jinx has been broken that indeed the girls can be found,” it stated.