Leah Sharibu: Lai Mohammed Gives Update On Efforts To Free Her
While other girls abducted from Dapchi in Yobe State may have come out of the trauma nearly two months after their release, some other girls are still in the custody of the faction of Boko Haram that took them away in February.
One of the girls still with the terrorists is Leah Sharibu and her case has drawn so much attention, since her continued captivity was linked to her Christian faith and refusal to renounce it.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave an update on efforts that were being made to ensure Leah's release.
He says the Federal Government will not abandon her.
Mohammed told reporters in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council meeting that negotiations were on for the release of the Christian girl and five others still in the custody of the terrorists.
Negotiating with terrorists is tortuous, but Sharibu will not be left to her fate, he assured Nigerians.
“We are yet to resolve the issue of six girls. 111 girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl, Leah Sharibu.
“Negotiations with insurgents are quite tortuous and complicated at times but I can assure you we are not leaving her to her fate and those who should do are busy daily working on her release,” Mr Mohammed highlighted.
Most of the schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19 were returned a month after they were taken.
But Leah was held back, with some of the students saying she had refused to renounce her Christian faith.
Her courage had been praised and demands have been made to ensure that she returns home safe, but in few days it will be three months since she was abducted.