ABUJA – The Primate of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has advised the Federal Government not to yield to the demands of Boko Haram for the release of the abducted schoolgirls.
The sect in its latest public video, is demanding for the release of its captured members in exchange for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
Okoh, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) board, said the condition given by the sect for the release of the abducted schoolgirls was unreasonable.
According to the primate, the captured Boko Haram members are criminals who have killed and maimed many and deserve to face the full wrath of the law.
According to Okoh, the girls should not be used to negotiate the release of criminals and murderers in detention; the girls must be released unconditionally.
Okoh expressed optimism that the menace of the insurgency would soon be contained, noting that God would intervene at the appointed time.
He said that human efforts might not effectively arrest the crisis but that the prayers of the majority of Nigerians would help resolve the crisis.
On the partnership between churches and the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) in pilgrimage sponsorship, Okoh said more churches were already cooperating with the commission.
He said that the commission was working towards improving self-sponsorship of pilgrimage in the country.
Opara said NCPC had evolved better ways to encourage individuals save for pilgrimage, stating that over 3,000 families indicated interest in the family pilgrimage scheduled to start in July.(NAN)