President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his government will ensure that no one group in the country imposes its religious beliefs on others in Nigeria. The President, who stated this yesterday, also assured that the Federal Government will not abandon the only girl from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State still in custody of the Boko Haram sect. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity.
“The Buhari administration will not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls after she was held back by the terrorists over her decision, as reported, not to convert from Christianity to Islam. “President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location and will not shirk in this responsibility. “The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.
“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another. His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away. “The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned,” he said. The President told the Sharibu family that the government will ensure that the girl is reunited with her parents.