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Allowed To Be Kidnapped, Left In Captivity: Leah Sharibu Still In Boko Haram Custody A Year After


Leah Sharibu was the only Christian girl among the 112 kidnapped from the school by Boko Haram members on February 19, 2018. Her continued captivity is her price for reportedly not converting to Islam.

She marked 15 years in the hands of the insurgents and even though the government has continued to say it is committed to bringing her back, not much is heard of the efforts being made in that regard.

While the other girls were later brought home in a secret arrangement between the government and the terrorists, Sharibu was held back for reportedly refusing to denounce Christianity.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, has kept her in captivity since then, sparking public outrage.
 Sharibu pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari from captivity. She told the president to have pity on her parents and secure her release but nothing was done to gain her freedom.

GOVERNMENT ‘TAKING FOREVER’ TO REACH OUT TO THE PARENTS


The federal government had said it was making efforts to secure her release.

In an interview with Voice of America late last year, Nathaniel Sharibu, the girl’s father, said no government official has reached out to the family since the kidnap incident.

“Since when they took these children from the school, the principal of the school, the chairman of Dapchi, the state government of Yobe and the federal government of Nigeria, none of them asked me about this issue up till now; none among them ask me about this girl,” he was quoted as saying.

“Nigerians should appreciate that any of our citizens, either boy or girl, Muslim or Christian is dear to us,” the minister said.

The government, however, says it is committed to ensuring Leah returns home. Recently, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, denied rumours that the girl is dead.

How long will it take for Sharibu and other Boko Haram captives to re-unite with their family?

Rev Para-Mallam blasts Nigerian leaders for abandoning Leah Sharibu

Para-Mallam, who is the founder of (CMG), in an exclusive interview with DAILYPOST in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, said, “Never did I imagine that the heroine of the Christian faith in the 21st century- 15-year Old Leah Sharibu, would still be in captivity, completing 365 full days on February, 19 2019, making it one year. It’s unbelievable but a reality we are accepting and coping with. Not easy!

“I can imagine if some of us feel this way, what her parents must be feeling right now. I want to restate over and over again that; Leah Sharibu and others in captivity will never be forsaken and forgotten”, he maintained.

According to him, “Leah is today a living history before our very eyes in this day and age. Who could have thought that an icon of the Christian Faith in the 21st Century – a symbol of faith resilience would emerge from North Eastern Nigeria?” He asked.

“Even more intriguing from the geo-political space identified as the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency? Yet God allowed it!

The Clergy said, “God is making a powerful statement through the captivity and courage of Leah Sharibu. Christianity can never be destroyed by Boko Haram or any force on earth; spiritual or physical, temporal (short-term) or long-term.

“It is tragic and a political miscalculation for the Presidential candidates to dodge talking publicly about their respective commitment to free Leah and others in captivity.

“Their uneasy silence on the plight of Leah Sharibu and others shows how Nigerian politicians careless about the citizens they seek to govern.

He however, said they can still redeem themselves by issuing public statements.

“The postponement of the first part of the election should be seen as a period of grace for them to act on this matter”, he said.

“But one may not be too hard on them. Is it any wonder that they could all be clueless?

“That to me is the tragic reality staring them and us as a nation in the face.

“We appear to live and lead in a country that suggests we have lost control.

“Therefore, Leah’s case has become a matter of conscience for our leaders, both those in office and those seeking to enter office”, he admonished.

“My prayer remains that God will not only free Leah but through her, others such as Alice Ngaddah and several unknown captives; Muslims and Christians alike, that they all will regain their freedom.

“My appeal and question to Boko Haram is; Where is your humanity? He asked.

“Imagine if Leah were your daughter, would you like what you are doing to her? Against her will and consent? God never forces any one to convert.!

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