By Idowu Bankole
A former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, criticized the president’s chief special assistant in the media, Mr. Garba Shehu, for calling the abducted dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, an “unfortunate Christian child.”
Leah Sharibu was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2016 and has been in the custody of the terrorists ever since for refusing to change her religious beliefs.
A statement credited to the president’s media aide in which he was quoted as calling each sharibu an “unfortunate Christian girl” went viral on social media and sparked some backlash.
Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, reacting to Garba’s comment challenges President Buhari’s aide to spend a night in Maiduguri without his security details.
Chief Fani Kayode, also responding to Garba Shehu’s comment, rebuked the aide to the president, saying that he is “arrogant and insensitive, for describing Leah Sharibu as an unfortunate Christian child.”
On his social media account, Chief Femi wrote: “In response to a legitimate and interesting challenge from my friend and brother, Pastor Reno Omokri, former spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan, Shehu Garba, spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari, has described the great Leah Sharibu as the “unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram.”
As far as he’s concerned, Leah doesn’t have a name, but she’s just an “unfortunate Christian girl.”
Garba Shehu is arrogant and callous. Would she have talked about Leah like that if she was Muslim? Why did you feel the need to mention your faith? “
Chief Femi questions the merits of Garba Shehu’s comment on the “unfortunate Christian girl” and wonders when being a Christian becomes a crime in Nigeria or a preference for kidnapping.
“Does the fact that she is a Christian make her a minor Nigerian? Is she a piece of furniture or property that can be described as “stolen”? Isn’t she also a human being? Or does the fact that she is a Christian or that she is a woman make her less human?
“Nigerians deserve much better than this. The Christian community in Nigeria deserves much better too! This is an insult to every upright-thinking Nigerian ”.
Chief Femi pointed out that Leah’s faith should not have been the benchmark for the kidnapped Christian girl, but instead should be treated as a hero for defending her position even at the time of death.
May God judge Shehu Garba and those he represents for speaking in this way about Leah, one of the greatest Christian heroes Nigeria has ever known and a deeply courageous soul who sacrificed her freedom (and possibly her life) in defending her faith. with pride. and refuse to convert to Islam even at gun and knife point. “
“Trying to insult, demean or belittle a Christian hero like Leah simply because you don’t share her faith is unforgivable and unforgivable. This is the turning point and we will never forget it. “He said.