ECWA pleads for unconditional release of Leah Sharibu
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), yesterday, saluted the courage, doggedness and faith of Leah Sharibu, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Dapchi, alongside other students, but remains in captivity because of her inability to recite the Quran.
Public Relations officer of ECWA, Rev. Romanus Ebebwokodi, in a statement, said: “We, in ECWA, are thankful that the federal government negotiated the release of all the abductees, including Leah.
“We are so happy that 104 of the girls, plus two other victims, have been released as at Wednesday, March 21, and are in safe hands. However, we are very surprised and sad that the Boko Haram abductors have refused to release Leah Sharibu, simply because she is a Christian and would not give up her Christian faith for her release. Leah is a member of ECWA in Dapchi.”
“We call on the federal government and all its agencies to ensure the immediate release of Leah without any conditions. She is a law abiding Nigerian, who is at liberty to practise her Christian profession to the fullest.
“We condemn in strong terms, any attempt to forcefully convert anyone from one religion to another. As a church, we continue to pray for her release and that of all abducted Nigerians.”
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