The Christian Association of Nigeria expressed satisfaction on Thursday with the safe release of the remaining 23 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.
The organization singled out 21-year-old Lois Azurfa, one of the captives who reportedly remained firm in her Christian faith despite terrorist threats to marry her off to one of them and forcefully convert her to Islam.
Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of CAN, stated in an Abuja statement that the story of Azurfa was “a testimony that God Almighty, who watches over His people, will neither sleep nor slumber, but will sustain and rescue them even from the throes of death.”
He praised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rerd. ), saying it “signposts the Federal Government’s efforts at combating our common enemy as a nation – insecurity.”
“The successful release of the remaining hostages in accordance with the President’s earlier directive not only indicates that the authorities mean serious business, but are also ready to muster the necessary political will to end the reign of terror in parts of the country,” Okoh said.
“CAN also commends the military and all other security and intelligence agencies for successfully carrying out the operation that resulted in the hostages’ release.” They have recently demonstrated exceptional capabilities, and the entire world will take note of their efforts.
“We believe that, with the necessary support and motivation, our security forces are capable of deploying world-class kinetic and non-kinetic processes in order to complete difficult military operations that will ensure the safety of lives and property on the ground.”
“As a result, the nation’s relief at the end of the six-month captivity of innocent train passengers must be maintained at all times.”
“We must not allow terrorists to return to the days when they could do whatever they wanted to unsuspecting travelers.” Every Nigerian, whether at home or in transit, deserves to live in peace.
“We appreciate the 23 train victims’ tenacity, resilience, and hope throughout the more than 190 days they spent in the hands of their captors, even under torturous conditions.”
“CAN salutes 21-year-old Lois Azurfa, one of the captives who reportedly remained unwavering in her faith in Christ Jesus, despite terrorist threats to marry her off to one of them and forcefully convert her to another faith.”
“Her story demonstrates that God Almighty, who watches over His people, does not sleep or slumber, but sustains and rescues them even in the throes of death.”
“We also congratulate all of the train victims’ families on their loved ones’ survival and encourage them to understand that the difficult circumstances they have faced since the night of the attack will bear godly fruits of endurance, good character, and hope, for God Almighty still speaks to his people in every situation.”
“We will continue to pray to God Almighty for the country’s long-term peace and security.”