The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 northern states and the FCT has hailed efforts by the Nigerian government in securing the release of Zainab Aliyu allegedly involved in drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia.

The Northern CAN said the efforts made for the release of Zainab Aliyu from Saudi Arabia detention for alleged drug trafficking should be extended to other Nigerians who have been arrested or abducted.

A statement from the association’s Public Relations Officer, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, said, “CAN Northern states rejoices with the parents of Zainab Aliyu and the government of our country for securing her release after she was arrested and detained in Saudi Arabia for allegations of drug trafficking.

“It is sad that many innocent Nigerians are suffering for a crime they know nothing about. This prompt effort by Government is commendable and should be sustained for all and in the future. Because this is what we want to see from our leaders in this country.

“But as we rejoice about this development, we are also compelled to ask this important question. Are all Nigerians equal or some are more equals than others. We are aware that many innocent Citizens of our country have been arrested, some killed and others are still in detention but we have not heard any directives from Mr President to his Attorney General to take action about them with this kind of urgency. Does this show that this victim is related to some important people?

“If we want our citizens to be proud of their government and country then we need to show equal concern about what happens to everyone in this country.

“We can not also celebrate the release of Zainab and forget Leah Sharibu who did not commit any crime but has been in captivity over a year now.”

CAN, therefore, appealed to President Buhari to direct his security agencies to redouble their efforts and get Leah Sharibu released and reunited with her parents.

“Leah too want to enjoy the protection of her leaders,” the statement observed.

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