Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and PDP Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election, Lt Gen. (rtd) Jeremiah Timbut Useni appealed to the Federal Government to “spare no effort or resources” to free a Plateau citizen, and orphan, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, and others from Boko Haram captivity.
Miss Samuel, a midwife with Alliance for International Medical Action was kidnapped along Monguno-Maiduguri road along with her colleague and many others on Sunday 22nd December, 2019, her father’s 21st death anniversary.
Useni, a former Senator said, Sunday in a statement through his media Consultant, Hon. Yiljap Abraham; “It is painful to see many Plateau patriots captured away from home in the line of duty, and some, like Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both from Mangu LGA, have had to pay the supreme price in the hands of the insurgents in Borno State. It is all the more disturbing when the reasons for these kidnap and gruesome killings are tied to religious differences and as revenge for other killings outside the Nigerian borders.
“I call on the President and Commander In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to impress it on the Armed forces and all security services, the good people of Borno and surrounding States, as well as friendly nations to secure the release of Miss Samuel as well as the freedom of many other Nigerians in captivity.
“Mr President, rise with all the valour from your training and the powers of your office to put an end to these impunities by hostile forces that want to keep this nation in perpetual fear.
“I am also disturbed by a report that another Plateau citizen Bashir Abdulhamid with the Primary Health Care Department of Kanam LGA is among those captured by the insurgents. Bashir’s family and all of us must remain calm and strengthened in the hope that his ordeal will help to raise the kind of aid and action that will give peace to our land and our hearts.”
According to Useni, “It is indeed reprehensible and unacceptable to kidnap or take the lives of people who are out and about their legitimate and official activities to promote the good of the nation and the welfare of citizens.”
The ex military Officer further condemned Christmas day’s execution of some Christians and Muslims by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The act in his words “is clearly meant to provoke and insult the adherents of both religions in our country by edging them toward greater suspicion, anger and tension.
“But more, it is an act of cowardice accomplished by people whose undefined and godless agenda continues to be frustrated by the good works of good and courageous people even in areas of conflict.”
Useni expressed ‘deepest’ condolences to the families of the slain, and appeal to the families of those still being held captive to remain strong in prayer and positive in expectation.