President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, said no persons had the right to force another to change their faith against their will, and that all life was sacred.
The President, in a statement he personally signed on on the second anniversary of the forceful adoption of Dapchi girls from their school, said the government would continue to seek the release of all children and captives of terrorists.
“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – have returned to their families.
“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
“We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.
“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator,” Buhari said
The President also stated that the government had redoubled efforts to ensure Leah’s return.
“As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God,” Buhari said.