By: Hauwa K. Lawal and Musa Gabriel,
Several calls have been made to the federal government of Nigeria to intensify efforts to free, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel recently abducted by Boko Haram in Borno State.
Miss Jennifer, is said to be a midwife with Alliance for International Medical Action and was abducted along Maiduguri road in Borno State, Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents,
Adding his voice to the calls to the federal government of Nigeria, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Sen. Jeremiah Useni, has urged the government as a matter of public interest.
Sen. Useni, who doubles as the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Plateau state, has also appealed to the Federal Government to make assiduous efforts in rescuing her.
You would recall that reports have it that, the unfortunate incident occurred along Monguno Maiduguri road when, Miss Jeniffer and her colleagues were abducted by the Boko Haram sect, as they were travelling to render humanitarian assistance to the victims of Boko Haram attacks in that community.
The sad incident of Miss Jennifer’s abduction, who is said to be an orphan from a poor home coincided with her father’s death anniversary.
Several aid workers operating in the north east part of the country like Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfery Ali Shikagham from Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, are currently in the custody of Boko Haram with little or no hope of being rescued.
Sen. J. T. Useni in a press release signed by Yiljap Abraham, his Media Consultant dated, 29th December 2019, condoled with the families of the victims to remain strong in prayers and be optimistic that the victims would be rescued soon, while condemning the attack on the armless and innocent citizens,
Sen Useni, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to leave no stone unturned in rescuing the victims unharmed.
The Press Release is Unedited Below:-
Lt Gen (rtd), SENATOR JEREMIAH TIMBUT USENI URGE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPARE NO EFFORTS IN RESCUING MISS JENNIFER UKAMBOG SAMUEL AND OTHERS FROM BOKO HARAM CAPTIVITY.
The Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and PDP Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election, Lt Gen (rtd), Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni has made a passionate appeal 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. The kidnap coincided with her father’s death anniversary.
Gen Useni said, “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.
He 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.
While appealing to the President, he said 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.
Gen Useni was 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.
He also added that 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.
“In addition, the execution of some Christians and Muslims by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) to coincide with the Christmas celebration 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.
He However, gave his 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.
Meanwhile, Gen useni was encouraged and confident that our armed forces and security personnel, who have been in the critical line of duty, will rise to the occasion in their intensified search and rescue missions to give much hope to Nigerians. Together as a nation, we will overcome this evil in our land.
Yiljap Abraham,Media Consultant to
Signed by *Lt. Gen. ((Rtd) Sen. Jeremiah Timbut Useni, DSS, Fwc, mni, CFR
December, 29, 2019