Abuja — Christian and Muslims leaders in Northern Nigeria have appealed to the Boko Haram sect not to kill Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi school girls it abducted .
The religious leaders urged the group to release Miss Sharibu and other captives being held, adding that they are innocent.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja at the weekend, the religious leaders represented by the chairma of 19 Northern States and FCT of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Yakubu Pam and the Imam, Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Sheikh Mohammed Nuru Khalid, said it was improper to release other students without Leah Sharibu.
"The two major religion and traditional rulers are here to talk about peace. But we are also here to talk about the abduction of innocent teenagers most especially, Leah Sharibu. We've heard what the abductors have said and that is why we are here as religious leaders and traditional rulers to appeal to their conscience to release her," Pam said.
According to the Northern States CAN chairman, the families, her mother and other well meaning Nigerians are crying, begging for her release.
"We are pleading please, for the sake of God, let them release this girl that is very innocent. With her release, Nigerians will appreciate it. They fixed a dateline for their execution but we are pleading for them to be lenient and release her and other adoptors.
We are talking as religious leaders and we want her abductors to please release her," Pam said.
On his part, the Imam, Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque Abuja, Sheik Mohammed Nuru Khalid, who said the two main religions are concerned about the safety of Leah Sharibu and other abductees, appealed to them to release them including Leah Sharibu.
"We are worried about her because she was adopted with several other children who have been released.
Why will she be left behind? We are worried about this and the world should know that we are behind every child in Nigeria especially the girl child. Our call is that Leah Sharibu should be release. We are appealing to the federal government to also make sure that no Nigerian is left in captivity," Nuru added.