Igbo monarchs, PFN, human rights activist want Emir, accomplices arrested

Igbo monarchs, PFN, human rights activist want Emir, accomplices arrested

Igbo monarchs, PFN, human rights activist want Emir, accomplices arrested

As reactions continued to trail the abduction, conversion to Islam and probable marriage of Miss If­esinachi Ani, by Muslim syn­dicates, Igbo monarchs have called for the immediate ar­rest of all those fingered in the criminal act.
The position was conveyed yesterday by the Chairman of Southeast Traditional Rulers Council and the traditional ruler of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, HRM Eze Eberechi Dick, in an interview with The AUTHORITY on Sunday.
The royal fathers strong­ly condemned the act and warned that the peaceful dis­position of Ndigbo should not be taken for weakness or cow­ardice.
The monarchs called on President Muhammadu Bu­hari and law enforcement agencies to rise to the occa­sion and ensure they rescue Ifesinachi from her wicked abductors.
They also called on Presi­dent Buhari to give protection and sense of belonging to in­nocent girls, who are victims of forced marriages which, ac­cording to them, should not be allowed in the modern age.
The royal fathers equally tasked the Inspector-Gener­al of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, to immediately invite the fingered controversial Emir from the Northwest to explain his role(s) in the saga, and to be prosecuted if found culpable, stressing that enough is enough.
Similarly, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has strongly condemned the incident and expressed worry over the current wave of ab­duction of young Christian girls who are later converted to Islam and married off to Muslims against their will.
The Chairman of PFN, Abia State Chapter, Rev. Dr. Theophilus Anyimpson, while reacting to Ifesina­chi’s abduction, raised the alarm over what they dubbed plots by Muslims to deci­mate Christianity in Nigeria through forceful conversion and marriage.
He however said that, “no­body, religion or author­ity can succeed in eradicat­ing Christianity in Nigeria because the Church is deeply rooted on a strong foundation – Jesus Christ.
“We know that Muslims are always looking for a way to wipe out Christianity in Nige­ria and dominate everywhere but they cannot succeed. No­body can be a threat to Chris­tianity. Nobody, no matter how highly connected, can succeed in eradicating Chris­tianity.
“Some emperors and world leaders tried it in the past but failed. So, nobody can try it and succeed. We are ready to defend our faith to the end and God is with us”.
The PFN boss, therefore, called for the immediate ar­rest and investigation of all those fingered in the abduc­tion of Ifesinachi irrespective of their status, contending that the act remains criminal and evil.
“Marriage is by consent and not by force”, he said, adding that “even the con­sent of the parents must be sought and obtained”.
Also adding his voice, an Umuahia-based human rights activist and constitu­tional lawyer, Dr. Anthony Agbazure, has volunteered to render free legal services to ensure Ifesinachi gets justice.
He expressed surprise that an Emir fingered in the saga is yet to be arrested, and called on the IGP to imme­diately order for the arrest of the said Emir for interroga­tion and prosecution.
Agbazuere vowed to mobil­ise other lawyers and human rights activists both nationally and internationally, to get jus­tice for Ifesinachi and other victims of “criminal abduc­tion, forceful conversion and marriage against their voli­tion to end the ugly trend”.
He also called on Nigerians irrespective of their religion or tribe to be united in the crusade against forced mar­riage which he described as “criminal and inhuman”.