….what Immediate Release of Leah Sharibu
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), has accused the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari of unfair treatment by denying Christians from the North their legitimate quest for jobs and political appointments because of their faith.
The group also called on the President to as a matter of urgency intervene for the immediate release of Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, who is still being held captive by Book Haram for her faith as a Christian.
Larry Yammai, CNNC Media and Publicity Secretary, who said this during a Press Conference on Monday in Kaduna, equally urged Northern States
Governors please look into the matter and ensure that equity prevails in employment practices in the region.
“CNNC in not unmindful of the efforts of Government to apply equity in making appointments. CNNC is however dismayed to note that a valuable sector of the populace is being totally ignored as far as it concerns making appointments, civil or political.
“Qualified and loyal citizens from the North who happen to be Christians are often turned away in their legitimate quest for jobs because of their faith. By the same reason, they are denied promotions. This unfair treatment should not have any place in the 21st Century when all nations are seeking for
quality and experience hands to develop themselves.” He said.
The commended the president for his swift response in securing the release of the Dapchi School Girls and some
Chibok girls, saying, “while we rejoice that almost all the girls have been released, we are heavily saddened that our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu is been held bacause of her faith.
“The truth is very obvious that
the distruction project of Boko Haram is very much tagetted at y and u President to as a matter of urgency intervain for the immediate release
of this young girl.
“CNNC demands with a strong voice that all the remaining that the detained terrorists are being released in greater numbers in the name of de-radicalization while their captives are still being held.
“Chibok girls and other victims be released without delay. It is ironical
Preventive measures should be taken to protect all girls’ boarding
schools wherever they may be in the North.”
On herdsmen killings across the country, CNNC said, “killings are continuing almost on a daily basis across the Middle Belt region and parts of some Southern States of this Country, using very deadly weapons such as AK47, with a high level of impunity.
“This noxious issue has created some
pertinent concern: It would appear as if a particular group of people are
deliberately targeted for destruction. The consistency with which this occurs raises question in the minds of many
“Cattle business is a personal one and so owners of those businesses should take the options of ranching, paying for
the lands to be used just like people interested in farming buy lands to farm. CNNC abhors the thought of “cattle
colonies” as being suggested in some quarters.
“CNNC commends and appreciates the recent visits of Mr. President to the affected States in which killings were prevalent. The visit is bound to have a salutary effect on the people who have been devastated by the wanton killings that was visited on them.
“However the Congress pleads with
Mr. President to be practically humane on this matter by what he saw during the short visit and stop this inhuman
activities. The sources of the deadly weapons should be checked with the aim of arresting those concerned. The
security should confiscate all the weapons and the possessors arrested and persecuted.”
The group further stated that as the country is gearing itself in anticipation of the next general elections, the security agencies should realign their security architecture so that the fear of the unknown that is usually the catalyst for people to migrate southward from the North and vice versa or to safer areas is checked and brought under control.
“In the event that the electronic voting is actually introduced, there should be an equitable and rigorous dry run of the new electronic system of voting in all locations particularly in the rural areas. There should be no discrimination in giving orientation to potential voters on
the use of the electronic voting machines.
“CNNC condemns the use of Child-voters in the electoral system as was alleged took place in recent elections in
some States. Nothing could be more disgraceful to our Nation than to deliberately indulge ourselves in such
despicable practice in the 21st Century. INEC and the security agencies should be on the alert and ensure that
Child-voters are totally dismantled.” They added.
On restructuring, “CNNC notes with great relief that the party in power has taken the unprecedented step of coming out with a position paper on
“Restructuring”, this is a most welcome move.
“It is the view of CNNC that the Nigeria Project should be completely restructured in such a way as to eradicate the ascendency of ethnicity and religion as the basis for administering the Nigeria Project.
Restructuring should address and eliminate the national maladies
that have afflicted the nation interminably.”