Catholic Bishops tell Buhari, ‘release Leah Sharibu’
The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has reiterated calls for the release of Leah Sharibu, 15, the Dapchi school girl in Boko Haram captivity.
Ms Sharibu was kidnapped seven months ago along with other school mates in February and left behind after the federal government negotiated the release of the abducted children a month later.
In a communique issued at the end of its second plenary conference for the year in Sokoto, the CBCN called for the unconditional release of Ms Sharibu and warned “against arbitrary use of power by government”.
“We demand that the federal government secure the unconditional release of Leah Sharibu. She is still being held captive because she refused to denounce her Christian faith. We further demand that the Federal Government ensure the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls and all other persons in captivity against their will,” the statement said.
The CBCN also warned against attempts by government agencies to disregard the rule of law.
“We note that the rule of law connotes equality of all under the law, seeks the protection of fundamental rights of citizens, and guards against abuse of power. Accordingly, individuals, groups and Governments shall submit to, obey and be regulated by the laws of the land, and not by any arbitrary action.
“We recognise the role of governments at all levels in providing policies for national development, in the areas of economy, politics, provision of social amenities, security, etc. Nevertheless, we hold that all forms of pursuit of national interest should be guided by the rule of law and respect for human dignity and development.”