]The Chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev Joseph Hayab, on Monday revealed that kidnappers are yet to release the pastor and two children of the bishop kidnapped recently.
He also pointed to the fact that CAN in the state has been working on ensuring that kidnappers release the abducted cleric and his children.
In a statement released by the CAN chairman, he said, “Rev. Elisha Numan of Baptist Church Angwan Makeri and the two children of one of our Bishops in Kaduna are still in the hands of kidnappers.”
According to him, “They were abducted about three weeks ago and are still being held in captivity till date. The church and their families are helpless and traumatised.”
“We are once again calling on security agencies to do the needful and help secure our people.”
“Weeks ago, when CAN cried out against the evil being unleashed on our people by these kidnappers, some funny people, using religious cover, were sponsored to malign and accuse CAN of beating the war drum.”
“Thankfully, every peace-loving person knew that they were sponsored to divert attention to the real issues bed evilling the people.”
“The pains of knowing your love one has been captured by kidnappers and you cannot do anything and no one is saying anything or consoling you, is excruciating.”
“How can citizens have faith and trust in their government when they suffer and they are coerced to keep silence? Keeping silence will not help to address the problem.”
“When we cry out, we are doing so as a wake up call and also extending invitation to those who share in our pains to join us cry out for justice.”
“We want to appeal to these kidnappers to fear God and release Rev. Elisha Numan and the two children of our Bishop.”
“Rev Elisha was sick when he was kidnapped and we are afraid about his health. The son of our Bishop is just 9 years old. He is not strong and mature to go through this torture.”
“We are appealing that these innocent people be release. For those who see the cries of CAN as politics, we forgive them for their ignorance or greed and pray that they will not be ashamed and afraid to cry out when someone close to them becomes a victim,” Hayab said.