THE Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has commended the federal Government for getting out 21 of the kidnapped Chibok girls from the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents.
Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, a reverend and president of the organisation, in a press statement, issued and signed by Bayo Oladeji, his spokesman, described the news of the release as great and pleasant since the beginning of the year. Ayokunle who spoke on behalf of CAN, assured the federal government of the association’s prayers to ensure everyone of the Chibok girls still in captivity is released.
“It is one of the best news we have ever received this year from the government as a nation. Let the government be aware that CAN is with them in prayer in getting the rest of the girls released and that they should leave no stone unturned in getting the rest that are still alive released,” he said.
The leadership of CAN also rejoiced with the parents of the released girls and prayed that the rest of the parents would also have their children returned to them very soon.
The statement appealed to those holding the rest of the girls captive to release them “because the Lord is God of freedom, not captivity”.
Nevertheless, the CAN president would want the federal government to organise a special rehabilitation programme in collaboration with the CAN for the girls that would cover their full integration into the society again.
The leadership of the CAN explained that its involvement in the rehabilitation programme was imperative because “their innocence and beliefs might have been compromised by the satanic and strange indoctrination of their captors and this is where CAN will play a prominent role since they are our children.”
Besides, the statement further called on the federal government to provide free education at all levels to the released Chibok girls as part of the integration programme and compensation for the unprecedented trauma and ordeals they suffered from their captors.
— Oct 17, 2016 @ 15:50 GMT