Leah Sharibu's Return Still Uncertain As Her School Resumes
Students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, where some over 100 schoolgirls were abducted in February this year are returning to the classroom almost nine months after the incident.
One them, Leah Sharibu, is still in the hands of their abductors, the splinter group of Boko Haram that has affiliation with the Islamic State (IS).
The last time anything was heard about her was when an audio was released by Boko Haram with the voice in the clip claiming to be Leah Sharibu and pleading with the Federal Government to come to her rescue.
"Pity me," she begged.
That tape was followed by a statement by Boko Haram, saying she had become a 'slave for life'.
As students return to the school, the Principal, Hajiya Adama Abdulkarim, on Thursday said academic activities have resumed in full force.
According to her, a large amount of the students and teachers are back to the classroom.
'Some Measure Taken'
"More than 80% of the students has resumed, likewise the teachers. Almost all of them are around except very few who are away for one or more official reasons.
“School activities are moving smoothly as they were before the ugly incident," she said.
Abdulkarim said that the school had taken some measures to alleviate the students’ trauma to ensure effective learning.
"Before the incident, there were no matrons in the school, but now, with the help of the local government and permission of the Ministry of Education, we have been able to source for six elderly women.
"We instructed the matrons to always be around, especially in the hostels, after class hours, to comfort and encourage the students.
"On the side of the government, the military, police and civil defence personnel have been around the school at all times,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the principal as saying that the state government had created admission spaces in the school for 700 students in the next academic session.
"By the grace of God, the incident will not happen again,” she said.
She called on governments, non-governmental organisations and public-spirited individuals to assist the school.
"The school needs to be rehabilitated with essential facilities that will attract parents to bring their children to learn and actualise their dreams,” the principal said.
One of the students, Miss Aisha Kolo, said the students were being well taken care of.
She called on students, yet to resume as result of the abduction of February 19, 2018, to return.
The return of 110 students one month after they were taken and the decision of the terrorist to keep Miss Sharibu because she refused to renounce her Christian faith drew criticism from around the world.
The presidency in Nigeria has said that only God could tell when Leah Sharibu would return.
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