27 February 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Christian Association of Nigeria. CAN, has called on the Federal Government to rescue Pastor Bulus Yakuru from Boko Haram terrorists before it is too late.
This is contained in a statement signed by the National President, Rev Samson Ayokunle.
The statement explains that Pastor Yakuru of EYN, Church of the Brethren was reportedly abducted on 24 December, 2020 when the terrorists attacked Pemi Village in Borno State and killed not fewer than seven people.
“The Pastor who has been in the custody of the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram since December last year was on Wednesday, February 24, reportedly given a one-week ultimatum for their demands to be met by government or Pastor Yakuru will be killed” he added
It appeals to the President, the military and the Borno State government to ensure that Pastor Yakuru is not murdered like the district chairman of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) and CAN Chairman of Michika Local Government in Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi.
It stresses that the government should not leave the citizens at the mercy of insurgents, bandits and kidnappers adding that the essence of having a government in place is to protect lives and property.
The statement says the serial mass abduction of school children and citizens is shocking beyond words and must be stopped by this government immediately.
“The ease with which the bandits and insurgents are carrying out their nefarious activities is totally embarrassing and a cause for concern” Ayokunle stressed.
“Though we are praying earnestly continuously, we know faith without hard work from the side of government is vain”
The statement advises that all public secondary schools – boarding or otherwise – in the Northern part of the country should be closed henceforth until the security situation improves.
It calls for more recruitment of Police personnel with a view to assigning effective and well armed standby force to every secondary school in the North and other parts of the country.
“I also call for adequate funding, training, equipping and morale boosting of our security forces in order to enhance their performances nationwide.