Senator Jeremiah Useni

By M. Peter – Jos

A former Minister of Federal Territory, FCT, Senator Jeremiah Useni has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise with all the valour from his military training and the powers of his office to put an end to impunities exhibited by hostile forces like Boko Haram and others that want to keep the country and its citizens in perpetual fear.

Useni, who was the Plateau state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate in the last election also charged Buhari to impress it on the armed forces and all security services, the people of Borno and surrounding states, as well as friendly nations to secure the release of Miss Jennifer Samuel, a Plateau citizen captured by Boko Haram as well as other Nigerians in captivity.

Miss Samuel, her boyfriend, Best Rebetmun Shankat, who narrowly escaped being abducted confirmed was abducted while on transit from Monguno to Maiduguri on the 22nd of December, 2019.

Useni in a statement signed by his Media Consultant, Yiljap Abraham, 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.

“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.”

“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.”

Speaking on the execution of some captives by ISWAP, Useni added, “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. I offer my 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.

“I am however 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.”