The Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, on Saturday urged the international community to consider for Nobel Prize an abducted Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, who is being detained by Boko Haram for refusal to denounce her faith.
Stephen Baba, the newly inaugurated ECWA President, made the call at his inauguration at the Church headquarters in Jos.
Mr Baba, a reverend, said Ms Sharibu should be awarded the prize for remaining faithful to her religious beliefs even in the face of persecution.
“Leah deserves a Nobel prize for her strength of spirit and courage in the midst of pain and suffering.
“We are also still calling for intensified action by the Federal Government to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and of recent, Leah Sharibu, who is being held captive by Boko Haram.
“We call on the international community to act on behalf of Leah Sharibu like they did for Malala Yousafzai,” he said.
The cleric also said the activities of insurgents and rampaging herdsmen were responsible for rise in the number of widows and orphans in the country.
“The population of persecuted Christians, widows, orphans and vulnerable children and the poor generally in our churches and mission fields has reached astronomical levels.
“Apart from natural causes and other socio-political factors like ethnic and tribal clashes, the murderous activities of insurgents and others have contributed greatly to the rise in the number of widows and orphans in many of our churches today,” he said.
According to him, the peace that Nigeria desires to achieve will remain an illusion unless the objective is anchored on justice.
The ECWA President called on government at all levels to ensure the dispensation of justice in the country.
He averred that justice for all citizens irrespective of their religious, ethnic, political and social backgrounds would go a long way towards ensuring peace and progress in the country.
The the immediate past ECWA President, Jeremiah Gado, expressed appreciation to the ECWA Church for giving him “the foundation to build on in the last six years”.
Mr Gado, a reverend, said in his six years as president, ECWA was able to establish a microfinance bank, inaugurate the ECWA Church in Togo, The Gambia, Chad, and Malawi.
According to the cleric, the Church has established a television channel that will provide it with the platform to be viewed both locally and internationally, especially in U.S., Europe and other parts of Africa.