Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern, has urged Muslims to use the holy month of Ramadan to supplicate for the freedom of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls still in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
Akintola in his Ramadan message on Monday said the continued stay of Sharibu and the Chibok girls in Boko Haram’s camp is a dark spot on Nigeria’s white linen.
He said: “Whereas the Federal Government and Muslim Ummah desire freedom for those innocent girls, the insurgents are keeping them in captivity in order to use them as human shields, to boost their negotiation power.
“The overall objective of Boko Haram is to ignite a religious war by attacking places of worship. It was when that ploy failed that they resorted to abducting Christian girls with the hope of provoking Christendom.
“This is why Nigeria’s religious leaders must exercise extra patience. They must not play into the hands of the insurgents. They must refrain from emotional outbursts.
“Instead, they must sink their differences and come together in the name of humanity to fight the evil in their midst. We reiterate that terrorists have no religion.
“Nigerian Muslims must invoke the incomparable spiritual might of Ramadan to neutralise the supposedly invincible power of Boko Haram to set Sharibu and the Chibok girls free.”
Akintola also called for prayers for peace, security, political stability and economic buoyancy for Nigeria.
He said: “Furthermore, we must use that special spiritual power of Ramadan to crush all powers of darkness and all agents of evil who are behind the incessant killings and kidnappings in Nigeria.
“Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘When Ramadan comes, Shay-tan is put in chains’. It is high time Nigerian Muslims utilise this Islamic truism to destroy killers.
“We call on fasting Muslims to make freedom for Sharibu and the Chibok girls their prayer points during the Ramadan.
“Pray that Nigeria is emancipated from ruthless killers and kidnappers, for the exposure of rebellious subjects and enemies of peace, for total security, for economic buoyancy and political stability.”