Bishop Hilary Dachelem of Bauchi has appealed to the Nigerian government and security agencies to work for the rescue of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in February.
The bishop said the government should not play partisan politics with the issue but bring smiles to the faces of the parents of the abducted girls by rescuing them and reuniting them with their loved ones.
“My call is for the government to leave politics aside and retrieve these girls; leave politics and protect lives. You do not politicise life, for Christ’s sake,” Bishop Dachelem said on 3rd March.
“I do not need to know who you are, political affiliation or religious beliefs, but all I know is that life is sacred and must be protected and respected by everybody.”
The girls were abducted on 19th February in Dapchi, in Yobe state, which borders Bauchi.
Picture: A relative of one of the missing Nigerian school girls reacts on 23rd February in Dapchi, Yobe State, after an attack on the village by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. A Nigerian bishop has appealed to the government to work for the rescue of the 110 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College. (CNS photo/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters).