As Christian group demands Leah Sharibu’s rescue
By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has said prayers from religious leaders in the country would ensure his victory at the February 16th Presidential election.
Buhari, who played host to the leadership of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria at State House, yesterday, commended the group for upholding the administration and the government in prayers, particularly as the general elections approach.
According to a statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President said “I am very grateful for this visit.
God will answer our prayers. With your prayers, we will go into the field, and be victorious. Your good intentions and prayers are appreciated. This is what is expected of institutions working for God.”
He said he was glad that the church lauded the good work being done by government in the areas of infrastructure, anti-corruption, and security, noting: “It will encourage us to do more. We have no other country than Nigeria, and we must do the best for her. I said it more than a generation ago. Thank you for identifying with our objectives.”
Leader of the delegation, His Most Eminence, Prophet (Dr) Solomon Adegboyega Alao, asked the President to use his good office to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, a Christian schoolgirl adopted alongside several others from Dapchi secondary school in Yobe state by Boko Haram.
Others kidnapped with Sharibu by the dreaded terrorists were released but the Christian girl was held back by the on the account that she refused to renounce her faith.
Alao also urged Buhari to remain resolute, particularly in the war against corruption, stressing: “We anticipate that corruption, which is killing Nigeria, may fight back, but you will prevail because majority of Nigerians are with you.”
The visitors equally canvassed for a level playing field for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair polls; and a consideration of the clamour for restructuring of the Federation.
Established in 1925, the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria is an umbrella body of all Cherubim and Seraphim Churches founded in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.